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Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by JamesAB, Jan 10, 2019.
I'm so glad the walker works well for you. That's a huge jump in progress. Well done.
Hello again, Over six months after my RTKR, I have been using a Walker for two weeks, or so. It is slowly getting easier but I need to be careful not to overdo it. I can get up four flights of stairs, each containing six or seven steps, by mostly hauling myself up using the dual bannisters. This is painful but increasingly less so. Getting downstairs is still difficult even though most of my weight is on the bannisters: I generally put the "bad" leg down first and then the "good" leg. As the good leg touches down the bad leg tends to retract from load to no load and in the second it does this the pain is excruciating. Sitting or in bed, no pain unless I twist awkwardly at the knee. At the suggestion of the knee surgeon (who thought my dysplastic hips might be causing knee pain) I saw a hip surgeon about a possible hip replacement. He said no sign of arthritis and replacement not warranted. This is a relief! So only God knows when I will be walking "properly " if at all. Still it is an advance being able to use the Walker and, most of the time to be able to lift my good leg clear of the floor when doing so. I see the knee surgeon in five or six months, it will be interesting to hear what he has to say!
So glad to hear of the improvement, yay!
You're still making steady progress, which is good.
Amazing how different we all are: I have no pain at all when sitting or lying down. When sitting I can press down hard on the knee also without pain. BUT, nearly 7 months after a TKR I can only just walk with a Walker because of the pain when putting weight on the leg. Stepping over a threshold is very, very difficult! Strangely most pain comes when weight is suddenly taken off the leg. I suppose I am improving. I did walk outside, right around our house, the other day and, apparently I dont have arthritis in my hips so they dont need replacing, so that is good. I only wish things would speed up a bit. I can't see how the pain will go away now without some more surgical intervention.
Walking with the Walker getting easier. Still awkward getting over thresholds but managing. Pain when putting weight on leg lessening but nowhere near putting full weight yet. I'm getting more confident and doing as much "walking" as I can which is helping straighten leg. Still 15° or so off straight. Might try crutches again soon.
Hope it gets easier for you.
Seven months after TKR I feel no pain at rest and just a little stiffness in the knee. However normal walking is impossible due to severe pain as soon as any significant weight is put on the leg. In addition I cannot fully straighten the leg.
I am forced to the opinion that, after this length of time and in consideration of the fact that I am unaware of anyone who has had a TKR taking this long to walk, I need further, corrective surgery.
I will be seeing another surgeon, who has been investigating if I need a hip replacement, to confirm after a MRI, that I do not. As he also does knees, I shall ask his opinion. Failing Divine Intervention, I expect to be back in hospital, hopefully before too long.
I hope you find a answer and solution to your pain.
I hope you find a solution to your problem. Good luck with your next doctor's appointment.
You've had this pain long enough. I pray your OS can find the cause and correct it.
Gosh this really does sound like you need a second opinion ASAP. You shouldn't be in pain, far less such pain and mobility restriction. Sorry. I don't mean to be negative but your situation sounds awful. Good luck at your next appointment. Don't let them fob you off.