Revision TKR Jan’s new knees- 1 for the left-2 for the right<

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You know what to do. Icing and elevating are the best thing for you today. That little miss-step has angered your knee, but I'm sure it's OK.
 
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Yesterday was 3 week knee anniversary, I did see lots of improvements from week 2 to 3, both physically and mentally. I'm now using cane or nothing walking inside house, except middle of night bathroom runs. What I notice the most though is the difference in the mental outlook. Today is my first outpatient PT.
 

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The mental battle is a hard one to lick, and you've done it! Only wonderful healing is in your future! But, be sure you don't let PT hurt you or do anything to your knee. You take control totally!
 
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@sistersinhim most definitely will not let them hurt me. I learned my lesson the hard way on that. I'm still dealing with it, so it will be easy going or I'll leave.
 
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I guess I'm doomed when it comes to PT with a brain. I feel like I'm in Oz! I had been to this PT office before my surgery so they could see where I was before surgery and I had to go back today for another evaluation so they could see where I was after surgery. Does anyone besides me see insurance dollars? Well I told the new therapist that the therapist that I saw before surgery (same office), the home PT and the doctor all measured ROM while sitting not while laying down and she said that she didn't because you could cheat doing it that way! Really! I hate PT!
 

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Great report jboles! So glad your outlook is better - that mental piece is huge and I think we don't always give it the attention it needs when thinking about recovery from this surgery. Here's hoping you continue to progress in recovery.
 

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So sorry you are having bad PT experiences. That's so disgusting!
 

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Like I have said to Pheebs52, who measure her the same way, we don't walk on our backs! Why in the world measure our ROM that way! My OS watch me bend while sitting in a chair. I bet yours does, too. Be strong and tell that PT, that it's your knee and they work for you, not the other way around and you will be measured in the correct way! Stick to your guns! And while you're sticking to your guns, don't let PT touch your knee or hurt you in any way. You are the controller!
 

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They can measure how they want to measure:oyvey:, but the bottom line will be for you to see your progress for yourself over the weeks.
 
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Had PT again today. I actually liked this therapist, she had me do things just to discomfort. Of course I'm sure I'll be sore tomorrow, but I only go on Tuesday and Thursday so I can recover over the weekend if I need to. Stopped at grocery store on the way home and after about 15 minutes my knee said, I've had enough! Iced and elevated for an hour or so. The doctor told me last Friday that I could drive at 4 weeks if I was off daytime medicine, so.... I tried just Tylenol yesterday. Last night when I went to bed, I thought my husband had a chainsaw sawing on my bones! Back to daytime pain medicine for a little while longer. I guess driving will wait.
 

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Driving can wait. Why go through the pain? Maybe try Tylenol on a non-PT day next time. Perhaps a quiet weekend day?
 

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It is very early to try and give up your nighttime meds. Take those as long as you need them. Pain is always worse at night. I have my own theory about that. I think that once we relax our muscles, the pain is allowed to come through more. All the activity we have done during the day is then showing up. Ouch! Take those meds at night as long as you need to. Eventually, you won't need them anymore!
 
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Question for those who are farther along this journey than me...when did the scabs start to come off? My skin is scaling and scabs don't appear to be anywhere near letting loose. Looks awful! I had glue and internal stitches. I'm 2 days shy of 4 weeks.
 
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Where is the tight band feeling that I see a lot of people posting about located. I have a tight feeling at the top of the incision and about 3 inches above the incision. The thigh feels swollen there. When I try to work on ROM this tightness is what stops me. I'm worried this won't go away.
 
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Today is my 4 week knee anniversary. I feel like I'm doing much better. Graduated to using a cane almost all the time, sometimes I forget it and realize I'm walking without it. I still keep walker beside bed though. I took a pain pill an hour before bed, slept most of the night. I actually got up at 6:30 this morning, had cup of coffee, showered, put on makeup, fixed hair and went to work for half a day. After lunch I spent the entire afternoon with leg elevated and iced. Hopefully I can work every other day for half days for a couple of weeks to get my stamina back. I have PT on the other days, so no work on those days.
 

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What a great report jboles! So very glad you can phase back into work. I found that even part-time in those first few weeks can be exhausting. Kneerah for the Kneeversary!
 

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@jagz007 .... your post is off topic in this thread. If you want to ask a question, please start a thread of your own in the pre-op forum. It would be helpful if you introduced yourself as well and told us a bit about your personal situation.
 

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