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[PARTIAL KR] [BILATERAL] Mrodtn's recovery.

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by mrodtn, Sep 21, 2015.

  1. mrodtn

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    Well I guess I might as well start one. I am having my surgery tomorrow at noon. I am having bilateral partial replacements on the medial side. I have been cold and having chills all day. Wonder if that is my nerves or am I coming down with something.




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  2. Roy Gardiner

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    Good luck.

    Firstly, our approach in a nutshell:

    - rest, elevate, ice,take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!), don't overwork.
    - If it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physical therapist - to do it to you
    - If your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it.
    - Take note of the BoneSmart view on exercise and how exercise may affect pain and swelling.
    - If you won't die if it's not done, don't do it; if you must do it, short and sweet, not hours on your feet.
    - Don't stand if you can sit; don't sit if you can lie down, don't stay awake when you can go to sleep

    Then, the FAQ (frequently asked questions) and Library index

    Further reading.

    The importance of managing pain after a TKR and the pain chart
    Myth busting: no pain, no gain
    Swollen and stiff knee: what causes it?
    Activity progression for TKRs

    Healing: how long does it take?
    Chart representation of TKR recovery
    Energy drain for TKRs
    Elevation is the key
    Ice to control pain and swelling

    Home physio (PT) and activity progress: suggestions
    Myth busting: the "window of opportunity" in TKR
    Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds
    Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it
    Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?

    Finally some wise words from members who have shared their experiences.

    Where are you in recovery?? (TKR)
    Five “P’s” of knee recovery
    TKR: work “smarter” and not “harder”
    Recovering a knee - from one who knows!
    It's never too late to get more ROM!
    It's worth the wait for ROM
     
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    I suspect that feeling cold is a symptom of anxiety. It will be a relief to have the surgery behind you. Then you can concentrate on the recovery.
     
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    I hope all goes really well and I'm look forward to hearing about your recovery. Mine are both medials too.
     
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    Hope things are going well! Looking forward to your posts.
     
  6. mrodtn

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    In the waiting room. Here goes.


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    I am on the other side. Feel drowsy and confused. A little numbness on my right foot. Ask to elevate my feet and nurse said that they did not want my knee to be in a bent position yet???
    Some pain and discomfort but manageable. Glad I did both at the same time.


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    Welcome to the "Other Side"!!! From one BTKR alumnus to another, I congratulate you and I will send you the super-ultra secret handshake of the BTKR Club! :)snork::snork:)

    It is great to read that you had the BTKR and are happy with that decision---I felt the same way, too!
     
  9. mrodtn

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    Finally I urinated. My doctor does not use a catheter so if I could not pee 6-7 hours after surgery they were going to use a catheter. Whew I feel much better now. I went for a stroll down the hall with a walker. It felt pretty good. Just set my alarm for my next meds. Kinda sleep but can only sleep in 20-30 min intervals.

    I appreciate all the nice words and support on this site.

    Glad I found this site. Hope everyone else is having a great recovery.

    Manny


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    Here is a little more on my recovery. I have dressed myself standing up with my occupational nurse. I walked down the hall to a mock vehicle. I got in the vehicle and out walked back to my room.

    Shortly after my physical therapist came and we walked down the hall again all the way back. He was impressed with my progress. Went down a flight of stairs up a flight of stairs and walked back to my room.


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    So pleased for your prompt progress, in my first three days I lie in bed all day and no progress at all. It,s great you are doing well.
     
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    @Birdy hang in there we will all have different recoveries but on thing we will all have is a pain free future. Saying a prayer for you.


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    Glad to hear all went well and you are comfortable and happy.
     
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    @mrodtn, congratulations and sounds like you're doing great. I'm a few days ahead of you with my LTKR, my right will follow. I've been going to OP PT since last Friday. The way that has worked for me as just a LTKR is riding sideways in the backseat, with legs elevated and icing. Some bonesmart suggested that and it's great for me.

    Take it easy and congratulations!
     
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    Was discharged at 3:30 pm my doctor does not like to hold you in the hospital if he does not have to.
    Some pain and discomfort. More from my left Knee. I'm going to ice and r&r. Tired going to nap.


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    Congratulations on your return home. You are doing great!
     
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    Wow the pain has really kicked in now. I wonder if I add it to the over did it club cause my knees are on fire. Have both cryo cuffs on and they are very painful.



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    Are you taking the full dose of your pain meds on a strict, regular schedule, @mrodtn ? It's important to do that, so that the pain doesn't get ahead of you. It's hard to play catch up with the pain. Much better to take the meds when they are due.

    If you are following a strict medication schedule and the pain is still getting on top of you, phone your doctor and explain that your prescription needs some fine tuning, so that you aren't in severe pain.
     
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    What a rough night. I'm exhausted and my legs feel like they are full of lead very stiff.

    Left knee feels wired very painful to move. The right one feels more natural. I wonder if there was more trauma to that knee. Heel slides hurt,laying hurts walking hurts. Just hurts.

    I am taking the medication as prescribed. Slept some but had nightmares. One my legs were being run over by a train.

    I must push on a get a hold on this.




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    :console2:
    My pains and stiffness are always worse at night when I'm reluctant to call for help as I would during day. When I had pain not calmed by taking Norco as prescribed, the doctor added a Rx for muscle relaxer.

    That's an awful nightmare to have. :yikes:

    What is your PT plan?
     

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