PKR Emotional

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Thanks Lin for this thread! One of my major concerns regarding surgery has been my sex life - I too am a newlywed at 58, though (due to prior knee issues) I haven't knelt for sex in years. I'm now four weeks out from BTKR - so there is no "good leg" to work with. :yes: Still, even doing it missionary style isn't happening yet (that whole legs-up scenario). To some degree, moving my legs while lying down is still sort of like moving dead logs.

I know that resuming sex completely depends on my ability to try it...but boy are my husband and I missing it. Any info from others who have had both knees done on a general timeline?
there is always leaning over the bed, or something on that order, just need to get creative.
PKR 2/15/2013

I had a partial knee replacement (right knee) surgery 6 months ago. About a month ago shortly after I returned to work (my 4th month) the pain started. I work at a desk but I am up and down a bit.

The pain is constant low grade pain in my lower back, left hip and left buttocks.

I am not sure what to do about this. The therapist recommended exercise. I am taking 1/2 vicodin late morning or early afternoon just once a day very rarely do I take a second pill.

I hate to take medicine.

Any thoughts or ideas?
I was wondering if anyone else had this happen.

Thank you in advance
Sounds like you have a bit of sciatica. I tell you, nearly all of us end up with a cranky hip and/or sciatica and/or aching back going through this process. I went months feeling like I had two very different legs. There was the constant PT on one leg plus swelling and not moving so well. Our backs like our legs to be equal in every way.
You can medicate, exercise, stretch, and use ice or heat to remedy your aches . . . but ultimately what clears it up is time because the aggravating factors (TKR recovery) takes months to resolve. They weren't kidding when they say TKR recovery is a year. What's not emphasized enough is how many aspects of our health, outlook and life is impacted.

You might pay close to attention to how you get up and down. The more evenly you do this (equal leg effort) the better for your back. In your situation, I would work toward a higher chair and desk. Higher chairs are easy, and I bet someone can figure out how to raise your desk several inches.
To start with, can you tell the the exact location of your pain using this chart? Each square needs the number for the row (horizontal) and the column (vertical) to identify it. When you've done that, I'll come back and talk with you some more.


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