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[TKR] Lindylee's recovery thread<

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by Lindylee, Feb 2, 2019.

  1. Lindylee

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    @Irish471 I don't get any pain at the back of my knee.

    At first it ached a lot there and I still get swelling in that area from time to time. I'd say my pain is on the side going round to the front of the knee and from where the crease of the knee sits to about an inch below. It's a lot better than it was.

    To begin with it was excruciating when lifting the leg or standing from sitting. It still catches sometimes and it can feel a little tender if I press that area so I have wondered if it is an IT band issue. The PT who did my original assessment said my hamstrings were very strong and gave me some hamstring stretches to do. Maybe I should do more of them instead of concentrating on strengthening my quads now.

    I've always felt any problems I had bending the knee came more from the kneecap area than the back of the knee. One of my back exercises is to lie on my back and hug my knees to my chest (I've always hugged my thighs rather than knee's, so behind my knees in effect).

    To begin with, my operated leg just stayed at 90 degrees, but gradually it's gained flexion and now if I pull my thighs in towards my chest I let my lower legs relax and just hang for a few seconds (not if there's any pain though) just to see what the difference is and it's now only half my foot's length. In other words, the toes of my unoperated leg can touch the middle of the instep of the operated one if that makes sense.

    I feel more positive after Josephine's comments. It really didn't help that the registrar's 'complicated' comment kept sticking in my mind.
     
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    It's my 4 month kneeversary today. All in all I'm quite pleased with how the knee is progressing. It hasn't been easy, there have been ups and downs along the way, but it is improving. Yes, I still get some slight aches, pains and swelling, but not all the time and my knee feels a lot less alien. Some days I can come downstairs with no discomfort, but other days it's not so easy or comfortable. I can sleep on either side without pillows,but haven't got to the point that I can get straight out of bed and move immediately, although it's only a couple of seconds, if that. I'm doing Pilates, some dancing and a Get Active programme at the gym once a week, which is really helping. I'm happy with my ROM, no idea of numbers, but I can straighten it fully and lying down can bring my foot back to about 8" from my bottom, almost equal to the other leg. I avoid moves that involve turning the leg quickly, as the knee doesn't like it. I can kneel on carpet or a cushion, but don't do it for long. I don't need painkillers for my knee, only ice and elevate as needed, but my back is still giving me a lot of pain and that's limiting my walking, which is frustrating, and I'm seeing my chiropractor for that. People are keen to encourage me to go ahead with the other knee, as it may help the back, but I don't feel ready for it mentally.
    Anyway, the purpose of my post is to, hopefully, show others that it does get better, it's just a slow process. To those who are really struggling, I hope things improve for you all soon.
     
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    Only you will know when you’re ready to do the other knee. I agree, this recovery is as mental as it is physical, and I think you are wise to wait until you are ready.

    You are actually able to do quite a lot for 4 months. At 2 years I still can’t do many of the things you can do now.
     
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    Thanks @Jockette I'm sorry you're struggling still. It must be so frustrating. I hope you can find something or someone to help you get over those final hurdles.:console2:
     
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    @Lindylee your doing well and yes it doesn't sound like you are there mentally. Take each day one at a time, you will know when it needs to be done. I also struggled mentally deciding to go through this again within 4 months but I wasn't given the choice to hold off :groan: I am physically struggling now. I find looking to the future and what it will be like with both knees done gives me that boost to overcome the dread. You have come a long way and yes we have a long way to go but the end result will be worth it. Stay strong and take care of you :yes!:
     
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    @Smokey253 Thanks for your kind words. You're so right about being ready and I'm sure I'd feel differently if my other knee was behaving like yours. I'll be interested to follow your progress. A year from now you'll be through recovery and I'll be dithering still I expect! I hope it all goes smoothly for you, wish you all the best for the surgery and an uncomplicated recovery. Take care.
     
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    @Lindylee How are you doing? Think about you often.
     
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    @Zommom Aww, I think about you too, my knee buddy :flwrysmile: I'm doing OK, rather cross with myself though. I've been doing this 12 week course at the local gym for people who have either had surgery, illness or just being encouraged to be more active and it was going well until last week. I mentioned I still felt as if I had a wonky wheel when walking and felt a pull to the right all the time. She watched me walk and agreed and gave me some new exercises. One was a single, seated leg raise with a 4.5Kg weight. Remembering Josephine's advice, I said I didn't think I should be doing that with weights just yet, but she assured me it would be fine. It felt ok doing it, but by the next morning I had a swollen, painful knee, back on the lateral side of the knee again, and walking was uncomfortable, although I didn't seem to be drifting to the right all the time, so maybe it was stretching out this IT band? As the pain has improved I've noticed I'm drifting again when walking, but I won't be doing it again for a while. Other than that, my reflux playing up and the back pain that's driving me nuts......... I'm fine :rotfl:

    How about you?
     
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    Glad to hear your progressing along - so much so you thought you could do weights :bignono: that’s the problem when we start feeling good we go overboard. I too have these aches and pains in my back and hip but until this other knee gets done it won’t get well :shrug: . Sorry about the reflux I find that mine flares up during those heavily medicated dates I use to take Prilosec but now that I have to take plavix I was switched to Zantac everyday. Now that the weather has warmed up my mood and outlook has improved! Gotta love that natural vitamin D
     

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