Oh yeah. Going down the steps is harder for everybody. It was about 20 years that I couldn't go down the steps normally. Finally, after about 6 months after my TKR, I was able to go down the adult way. That was a day of celebration! You will be able to go down eventually without pain, too. Your knee right now is still a brand new baby that's not even 1/6 of the way healed.Is it normal not to be able to descend stairs because of pain? I feel pain right below my knee cap. It’s been six weeks since my surgery. Do you think I have developed tendonitis? I can finally walk up stairs normally, but not down.