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Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by DebCoz, Dec 17, 2018.

  1. sistersinhim

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    At less than 3 weeks, that bend is fantastic! Most OSs don't expect 90 until 6 weeks and you're already almost there! Don't sweat it, just relax and let it happen. Doing too much keeps you swollen which inhibits your ability to bend your knee. Can you bend a water hose full of water? It's the same thing with your knee. Get that fluid out and your knee will bend better.
     
  2. DebCoz

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    I’ll try my PCP. NJ is a real pain with opioids.
     
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    I am at 2 weeks and 3 days and when I saw my OS 2 days ago she grudgingly gave me a prescription for 30 5mg oxy’s. I had been taking 4 a day spacing them out along with Tylenol and gabapentin which really is only 6 days of Oxy. So I am cutting back to 3 a day to get a little longer out of it. Not sure if she will renew again. If not, I will reach out to my pcp. Maybe she will help. Or maybe I won’t need anything at the 3-4 week mark. It is unfortunate that those who don’t need the drugs can get them more easily than those of us who do need them. The legit folks pay the price. Good luck with your pcp.
     
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    I’m getting pain/tightness behind my right knee. I’m assuming this is “normal” given my knee is new and repositioned.
     
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    Yes, it's normal.
    Are you icing the back of your knee as well as the front, Deb? That often helps.
     
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    “Are you icing the back of your knee as well as the front,“. Unfortunately My OS says no ice after the first day post-op, once you’re home. I’m assuming the pain I’m feeling is from ligaments and tendons and such getting back to a semblance of normal after the TKR.
     
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    That's cruel! Ice is a great pain killer and swelling reducer. I would do it anyway, but don't you do it. You do what your doctor says. Are you allowed to elevate? That can help get the swelling down some.
     
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    I’ve been elevating every time I’m sitting and in bed at night, which I HATE. The swelling is pretty under control.
     
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    Nah! You go ahead and ice! It's cruel of him to deny you it!
     
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    It's your knee. Try icing and if you find it helps, keep on doing it.
    No matter what your surgeon thinks, icing your knee will not slow down its recovery.
     
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    The soft tissue pain and twinges freak me out, it did with my left TKR back in March 2018.
     
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    Try not to worry about them. They're normal, and to be expected.
     
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    Even now, at 2½ years, I'll get mind 'zingers' in my numb spot on my tkr knee.
     
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