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    TKR My recovery TKR 8/13

    @benne68 - I still use bad down, good up in the early morning when I am stiff, or if I know my knee is tired, but up is really easy now. Down tends to involve a bit more soreness, but each week is better. Same goes for side sleeping and pain turning in bed. Each week the "catching" pain when...
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    TKR Tourniquet pain

    Not quite ten weeks. Discharged today with 131 degrees flexion. Still sore and swollen at times but so happy with the progress
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    TKR Hello From Australia

    It is a sign your nerves are regenerating and it will disappear and possibly come back from time to time. It's startling but it generally passes after a couple of weeks. I asked the same exact question after my TKR --- this is the stuff the doctors neglect to mention before you go in. So glad...
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    TKR My recovery TKR 8/13

    You will continue to be pleasantly surprised at your recovery. I was where you are a few short weeks ago (I am at 10 weeks out) and PT kicked me out-- they said I have pretty much completed every task they have to offer so its on me now. I am walking a mile for exercise and up to 10K steps a...
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    TKR Tourniquet pain

    Well I am about 7 weeks out now. I am going up stairs conventionally with no problem, coming down still "catches" but it is getting better. I am walking about 7000 steps a day. Am starting to feel like life is becoming normal. I can sleep on my side for an hour or so before it gets...
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    TKR Better each week

    Welcome! This is a great forum for all the questions you are going to have in your recovery.
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    TKR Maryt's LTKA

    You already got some good advice on the IT band. Hoping this resolves quickly for you. :)
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    TKR Tourniquet pain

    Thanks Jockette! My one month post op appt with OS was today. They are very happy with the progress. Got my car keys back and an OK to ease into my weightlifting, pilates, and other activities but to go with caution. Also were fine with bike, walking, and elliptical. My stamina is improving...
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    TKR My TKA journey so far....

    I am in the same boat -- making good progress but after a PT session with higher weights or new "activities" I am also getting some soreness and swelling. It seems to resolve more quickly each week so take heart. Sounds like you are doing terrific!
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    TKR Yikes! Ive been gone

    We sometimes let it happen the first time, but then -- when we pay the price-- we become more proactive at controlling our own recoveries. Sorry you had to experience this. What have you been doing up until now that may have caused strain?
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    TKR Tourniquet pain

    Week 5 Sleeping is definitely improving. I can almost side sleep now, too. Stamina is improving slowly and I am doing about 5500 steps per day. It is odd, but the knee feels stiff even though my ROM is improving. I am doing more so maybe it is “stiff” for the activities I am doing, but still an...
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    TKR Look these doctors up and do your exercises. It's the key to a better result.

    So happy you have done so well. I totally get your point as I did "prehab" for a year before mine and as you say, it does make a huge difference. Not all TKR patients are physically able to do an exercise regimen before (but folks if you can, make it a priority) and I feel for them as it does...
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    TKR My knee is straight

    electrolyte solutions like Powerade or Gatorade may help if your muscles start cramping. Gentle static stretches will help too. Good luck with your recovery
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    TKR Struggling to Bend

    Well they are quoting desired outcomes but maybe your knee has been getting messed around and is fighting back by swelling. Bottom line is this: Even if they want to do a MUA, you have the right to say no, not yet. After all, if you do not make progress (and you do need to keep working at it...
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    TKR When do you know?

    Cortisone helped me a lot and lasted quite a long time for me, but after 3 shots and knowing I was bone on bone, I finally had to face up to the need for surgery. When I had the last cortisone shot I scheduled the surgery for 6 months later (1st shot lasted almost 2.5 years, 2nd half that time...
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    TKR SusieQs Pre-op, Qs about outpatient surgery!

    Had the same experience as Fourcats -- my BP tanked and I had to stay overnight. Got out next morning though. I also agree with the Bonesmart way of healing -- YOU need to listen to your leg and be in control of how it is treated. I have been lucky in that my PTs are good, but when I tell them...
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    TKR Setting up in Spare room after surgery.

    I definitely was rolling around a lot, getting up a lot and would have been a huge annoyance to my husband had I not been in the spare room. Also we have a big dog who sleeps on the floor of our room and I did not want to chance tripping on him during the night if I got up (or planting the...
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    TKR Ice machines, and other post op items you found helpful.

    My surgeon is top notch but he is old school --- no CPM machine-just told me to ankle pump pretty much all day long. :) Same thing with the ice... I am using ice packs and it has been just fine. Just get three large ones so you always have one NICE AND COLD. My favorite is a Thermo Active Flexi...
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    TKR Last visit

    I have been breaking open a vitamin E capsule and rubbing it on the incision area now that it is healed over. I find it does soften the tissue and keeps it soft for awhile. I have also heard silicone strips will do the same as well as flatten the scar. Haven't tried them yet. I do think the...
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    Bilateral TKR Bilateral Knee Replacement-Ups and Downs

    I am having pain in odd places too. Today I figured out part of the puzzle. I have continued to train upper body since my surgery but I used to do my bicep and tricep work standing--- for now the surgeon told me to do upper body work seated while the knee heals. I am finding the seated curls and...

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