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    Bilateral TKR Oregon Mom's recovery journey

    @JayCee @Jockette @FCBayern Thank you SO much for the encouragement. I have heard that sometimes people even notice improvements past a year. It's just so demoralizing to struggle with simple things like toilets and stairs for what seems like too long. The pain in the front of my knees seems...
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    Bilateral TKR Oregon Mom's recovery journey

    It's been so long since I posted, I'm not sure I'm doing this right! I'm at 5 months BTKR. Mostly, things are progressing steadily. It's still very surreal to have fake knees. But I'm riding my bike again, going on walks. But I don't feel like myself. My whole body feels different. I feel...
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    TKR 8 weeks and anxious

    Your posts remind me so much of myself! It is so hard, this recovery. Doubly hard for people with Anxiety and/or The Depression. I had BTKR the last day of August and I'm only just now starting to enjoy the rewards of going through a ridiculously heinous surgery. I was really starting to get...
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    Bilateral TKR Oregon Mom's recovery journey

    This is so hard! Really no one, NO ONE, can understand this but those who've experienced it. I'm amazed at how well my husband is doing with this. I feel so useless many days because it does feel like I'm not improving. I was thinking about how crazy this is compared to my c section. I had a...
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    Bilateral TKR Bi lateral TKR August 2020

    :welome: Glad you are here! I don't know where I'd be without BoneSmart. There is so much information here. And so many good people who really understand. I had my BTKR just a couple weeks after you, August 31.
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    Bilateral TKR Oregon Mom's recovery journey

    Mrs. Ciz, which knee was the "good" knee before your surgery? Of course, they were both bad, but was one a little better than the other? My right knee was more functional than the left, to the point where my lower leg muscles are noticeably larger on the right from all the compensation for the...
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    Bilateral TKR Oregon Mom's recovery journey

    It's been 6 weeks now. Left knee is progressing incrementally and that is encouraging. But the right seems to be in an awful holding pattern. Something feels off. When I try to use it, it is as if it becomes reinjured and the cycle of of pain, swelling, clunking, buckling, icing, elevating...
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    Bilateral TKR Oregon Mom's recovery journey

    @newlybionic Thank you! I had no idea I'd get that kind of reaction from just pushing pedals, but I guess it makes sense. I'm kind of scared to try that again for a while... This is getting more challenging... I might have to go read the Post Op Blues section again. My son is 7 almost 8 and...
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    Bilateral TKR Oregon Mom's recovery journey

    @_Annie_ Thank you so much! I am amazed at all the things people are getting done. Cleaning out a B&B at 8 weeks? Wow. I'll try to take your advice and ice more. I have definitely been icing a lot less. Honestly these machines and the pads and the velcro straps and the whole business is getting...
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    TKR Geoffa recovery

    Thank you so much for sharing! It is amazing to hear about you pushing a wheelbarrow of bricks! And stairs! That is incredible and very inspiring. I would love to get 140° flexion in my knees. Very impressive progress. Congratulations! :wow:
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    Bilateral TKR Oregon Mom's recovery journey

    I drove for the first time day before yesterday. A trip to take my son to the playground and then to the vegetable stand. I felt a little talking in my right knee... The next day I drove my son to the playground again and I could tell that something was different. I had to sit on a bench with my...
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    Bilateral TKR BTKR Recovery - on the way to my new life!

    @London Trainer Thank you for sharing with us! I am almost 5 weeks from my BTKR. It can be a very emotional process and at times frustrating. One thing that has really helped me is this forum and the great people here. It's so good that you are keeping your "eyes on the prize" of a life without...
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    Bilateral TKR BTKR

    @Dep A beautiful warm Fall day in Oregon with clean air... I wish it would start raining so I would've be pining so much to get outside. Oh my gosh, the tourniquets! No one mentioned that to me prior to surgery. I would've remembered that. My legs felt like I'd run a marathon. The bruising was...
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    TKR 6wks, doing great

    @np7 I can't always go down the stairs facing forward. It is very difficult. I'll only attempt on days with lower inflammation. Going up is ok. It's very frustrating to go through the 'good days' and 'bad days' cycles. I want there to be a linear progression and there just isn't. There are as...
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    Bilateral TKR Oregon Mom's recovery journey

    Yesterday was my last day with oxycodone and wow... I understand why there is so much drama around opiates. Wow. I started with 10mg every 6 hours, then 5mg after two weeks. I felt better and stronger, so I reduced to 2.5mg last week and that's when the body rebelled. My body had become...
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    TKR Daily icing at Month 7

    I'm about a week ahead of you. My BTKR was August 31, so I'm on the cusp with you early Sapphires! I hope you're doing well! Feel free to post away and share your experiences. There are so many wonderful people here. And the moderators are true angels. :loveshwr: :loveshwr...
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    Bilateral TKR Oregon Mom's recovery journey

    Spoke with my surgeon today. I'm so grateful to have a laid back yet knowledgeable surgeon. He told me that "at this early stage" I'm doing really well. I asked about the urgency of the magic 6 week mark. He told me that 6 weeks is too early to tell, and he really addresses progress or lack of...
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    TKR 6wks, doing great

    @np7 Than you so much for the encouraging words you left on my thread. You have no idea how much that helped! How are you doing with no oxycodone? I had to titrate down very slowly from 5mg every 6 hours to 2.5mg to nothing and it was difficult. My body had become dependent and it felt like the...
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    TKR Corgimommy's pre-op information

    Yes. I ran almost my whole life. In May of last year I took a break from running because my knees were really swollen and hurting. Once the inflammation went down, I was in so much pain I could barely walk. I'm only 47 so I didn't think about osteoarthritis. (incidentally, one of the things I've...

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