TKR April 2022 TKR right knee

Sorry to hear you've joined the OODIC. Hope you get back on track soon. Take care Jcx
 
I saw your 10 week scar (no scar) photo. Just ordered some BioCorneum from Amazon. I hope my results are as good as yours.
Thank you, and good for you Hollylyn! I bet you'll find it very helpful. Fingers crossed!
 
Sorry to hear you've joined the OODIC. Hope you get back on track soon. Take care Jcx
Thank you, Jcx, and @kiwicurls - I think you're right! I'm so surprised at the amount of swelling and pain from that elliptical session. I should have stuck with the Peloton. I just wrote to my doctor asking if a prescription anti-inflammatory might be warranted. I rested and iced my knee all day yesterday. And walked around the house. It's not any better at all.
 
Oh no, that dreaded ODIC membership. Most of us have been members, too, so you're not alone. Don't be surprised if it takes a week or more to get back to where you were before. You are doing the right things...icing and elevating. Also, just stick to your ADL, (activities of daily living), until your pain and swelling are back to normal.
 
As sistersinhim said, once we do something that causes that much swelling it can take a week or more to settle down. Try to relax and don’t worry about it. We’ve all had this happen.
 
Meloxicam: Well yesterday the discomfort was so great, after that elliptical experience, that I asked on the surgeons portal if perhaps a prescription anti-inflammatory may be in order. short term. I was delighted when they called several hours later and filled the prescription (Meloxicam). I've never had it before, or any other prescription anti-inflammatory, but have seen it on Bonesmart many times and sounds like a lot of people take it.

I just want the swelling and pain to go down before leaving on vacation on Saturday, and I'm guessing I won't have to take it for very long. and wondering if it's odd to take Meloxicam for the first time at 10 weeks past surgery. If anyone has any thoughts, I'd love to hear them. Thanks!
 
Meloxicam might help, but I don’t think it works fast, especially with swelling from an over activity situation. It’s not like taking a pain reliever for a headache, which often works quickly and the headache goes away.

You are going to have to be very careful on vacation, so soon after this mishap and resulting swelling, especially if it doesn‘t change much in 2 more days. What do you plan to do on vacation?
 
@JojoFitness if you have a massage therapist near you that does lymphatic massage ... I had one and it relieved the swelling next day ...I was amazed at the result ....praying you get relief and are able to fully enjoy your vacation :ok:
 
Hello! Today is THREE WEEKS since my TKR on April 5th. I'm doing well EXCEPT that my blood pressure started to rally spike over the past weekend. I saw my PCP today and he said it's caused by pain. The last week I've been taking 1/2 oxycodone (5 mg) four times a day (sometimes 10 mg.) and two or three Advils for inflammation. My doctor thinks the Advil has spiked my BP and advised me to eliminate it and take Tylenol along with Oxy to see if that helps. Tylenol has never seemed to help any pain I've had, but I'll try it.

Has anyone else had spikes in blood pressure? Anyone else still on narcotics three weeks after? My biggest surprise in having this surgery is that I've had almost no pain management help from the surgical team. I'd love to hear other people's experiences in weaning off narcotics and the OTC meds that have helped. Thank you!
At 3 weeks after I was still taking a narcotic pain med before bed so I could sleep but ibuprofen in the daytime. I continued the narcotic before bed until I could sleep with just Tylenol. Had to test myself every few days to see if I could sleep. Eventually was able to sleep with no pain med but I suspect it’s different per person based on your healing rate.
 
Greetings to all my April 2022 (and other) TKR friends! I've learned SO much since my 4/5/22 surgery. #1 is that my good results won't just continue without effort. I need to continue PT on my own, and I've done so with amazing results. I thought once I got to 125-130 flexion, I was done and activities of daily living would keep it there. I was wrong!

I personally am a huge advocate of working hard at the exercises our therapists asked us to do at home. I have a list if anyone is interested. I can do most of them at home, with bands, straps and ankle weights. But I don't have the three leg machines that our fitness center has. I'm so grateful. I love them all! And I've gotten into the habit of going there three times a week. I can't believe how effective they are!
 
@JojoFitness
Best wishes on your continuing recovery. We always say, we are all different and we should do what works for each of us, and what works for one person might not work for someone else.

I‘ve moved your post above out of the Monthly team thread as we reserve that thread for surgery date information, and so members can see who else has surgery the same month. We prefer all other comments and discussion to take place in a pre op or recovery thread, such as this one. Enjoy interacting with others who are on the same journey, here in this thread. :flwrysmile:
 
I'm glad your exercise program worked for you. You may talk about specific exercises that worked well for you, but please don't provide your list to other members. Each person's recovery is different and people should work with their medical team plus listen to their bodies to determine what works best for them.

You did experience a fair amount of pain during these months and at least some of that could be the result of pushing yourself with an ambitious exercise program. That doesn't always work well for everyone. How are your pain levels now at a little over 4 months out? Hopefully, it's much better.
 
I'm glad your exercise program worked for you. You may talk about specific exercises that worked well for you, but please don't provide your list to other members. Each person's recovery is different and people should work with their medical team plus listen to their bodies to determine what works best for them.

You did experience a fair amount of pain during these months and at least some of that could be the result of pushing yourself with an ambitious exercise program. That doesn't always work well for everyone. How are your pain levels now at a little over 4 months out? Hopefully, it's much better.
thanks - i really don't have any pain at all - and haven't for a few weeks. But I do have stiffness at times. The pain I felt between months 2 and 3, I believe, was due to the fact that I stopped physical therapy and just counted on ADL. I was able to graduate from my second PT who was phenomenal. I'm doing the exercises she prescribed and will continue to,
 
Everyone is different as is every recovery. What works for one won't work for another. I am glad to read that you have found something that works so well for you. This is a trial and error recovery. We have to see what benefits us most.
 

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