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Had my knee replacement about 11 weeks ago. Night and sleeping is still a problem, with frequent waking up to find a comfortable position. Lately I have a tremendous amount of tightness in my knee, especially when walking as my therapist suggested. My knee feels like the replacement is 2 sizes too big. Help, does this feeling go away?
 

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I am only a week behind you and I am having a problem with stiffness. Do your exercises the way your PT tells you to do. I find when I am getting stiff and I do my exercises it lessens.

I hope this helps
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Ice, ice and more ice. And then some elevation. Plenty of rest in between the physio and activity. You body is adjusting to the presence of the implant and the invasion of the surgery. Don't worry. It will pass.
 
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Thanks for the encouragement, after 11 weeks I still have stiffness, but it does get better with exercise. My insurance company is finished paying for rehab, so I have to exercise on my own. I am still trying to get my new knee to straighten, it wiill flatten out when I lay down, but not when I am walking. Does the new knee ever really get truly straight?

Thanks again, I feel better hearing from other patients.
 

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Hi Melaine. your post op time is about the same as mine. I still have stiffness but no discomfort. You need to move that knee-NO PAIN, NO GAIN. I have shared this in the past with other friends here. I use a hot tub spa to stretch for range of motion, its so much easier when your joint and muscles are warm and flexible. Just remember to ice after to bring the swelling down. Also, press that darn metal implant down from the front of the knee or have a friend assist when your lying flat, thats what Im doing...the PT says im at 0 degrees to minus 3 when I straighten it. Funny thing is it still buckles out sometimes...I guess the muscles need to be strengthened. LOL, my Dr and PT said to me, you not gonna break the implant, do be afraid to use it. After reading everyones posts here, I think we are all where we are supposed to be!
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Melanie,
It will get straight. I have suggested this little exercise before to someone, and I have been doing it myself and I find it is helping as my biggest challenge is laying my knee flat. I have a habit of laying my foot to the side, which turns my whole leg. I find it to be much more comfortable because I have back problems and it relieves the tension on my back somehow, BUT it is a big NO NO. My PT and Dr. keep telling me keep that foot up, keep your leg straight when resting. Easier said then done. Anyway back to the tip.
Dr. said when watching TV, just rest my foot on coffee table or ottaman or something that height and let my leg sag. I have been doing it, I actually forget about it while watching tv and after a little while I look down and my leg is flat, well a lot flatter than when I started. No harm in trying it and it doesn't hurt really, a bit uncomfortable maybe, but if you find the right height it works well. Good luck.
 

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Melanie -
Hang in there, you are not alone. I'm 7 weeks out and I still have a lot of stiffness and it even gets worst as I walk. I exercise as I have been instructed and just hope and pray my day will come when I can put this all behind me. As everyone has said, your expecting to much to soon. Just stay dedicated and I know we will over come this. There is great support on this site just stay in touch and keep focused. These folks have helped me through some dark moments.
 
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Thanks to all those who replied. I have been depressed because of the pain and the slow recovery. I am feeling much better after reading what all the TKR patients are saying, I know that they are being totally honest.
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I really wish the Dr. had just been honest about the recovery process so I could have more prepared mentally for all the stuff. Until I found this board I thought something was wrong. I guess the docs are afraid no one would buy if they told us everything.
 

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There was an old British film in the 50s called "Doctor in the House". It starred an actor called James Robertson Justice; big, rotund fellow with a beard and a commanding voice, who played the chief surgeon aptly named Sir Lancelot Spratt! In one famous scene he is at a beside with a group of medical students. He begins to described the planned surgery and the potential complications to the students and the patient looks alarmed. He tries to ask a question but Spratt silences him with an imperious wave of his hand and the words "Don't you worry about all this. It's nothing to do with you whatsoever, besides - you won't understand any of our medical talk."!!!

Now you may laugh and say 'how quaint, how very British' but I can tell you that Sir Lancelot Spratt is alive and well and living all over the world!! Even in the States. There is an ineffable something in the make-up of most surgeons that makes them reluctant to share everything they know! A bit of "power is knowledge" kind of thing.

I have no idea why doctors aren't more honest with their patients for - so far as I have observed - the vast proportion of post-op problem arise from anxieties, tension and fear that what they are experiencing means something is wrong! It is pure luck that people stumble upon a site like this where they find to their relief that their experiences are all part and parcel of normal rehab.



All I can say is 'hooray for the internet' eh?
 

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Josephine, you are so right. I went the doctor this last with problems in both knees, I tore them both up racing dirt bikes 30 years ago in my late teens, early twenties. The right one HAD to operated on then, it was completly blown out. The left one hasn't really been stable since, but I compensated and basically gave up any activity that put pressure on my knees. Things like tennis ,softball, backyard sports, motorcycles; stuff I had done all my life. I basically aged myself 30 years at once. Anyhow, the pain in the right one that they 'fixed' got to a point I thought something had to be done and I went back to the doc last November. One Dr. looked at my knees, gave the old pull and turn; then x-rayed them both and told me TKR was my only option for the right one, bone on bone and bone spurs had developed all around the joint. The left one could be stabilized arthoscopically. He said do the TKR first and when it was recovered enough come back and do the left. This Dr. was a nice guy, he talked to me and seemed to listen and care about me, not just my knees. However, he doesn't do replacements and put me off on another Dr. for that. The replacement guy, I swear hasn't talked to me more than twenty minutes throughtout this whole process, exam until now. No info, no explaination, no Q & A. nothing other than "Its going to have to be done. We'll get you fixed up." Anyway, I guess what I'm saying is that all docs are not alike, after all, they are just people doing a job. Just like all of us have the job of getting better. Some move faster than others and some have different personalities than others that allow for different approaches and different perspectives. Sorry for the long post, but you guys are really the only folks I have to talk to. I haven't decided about going back for the left knee yet.
 

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Here Here! Yes, I wish that someone would have prepared me for all the aches and pains that accompany the recovery. I would have worried so much less. Thank heavens I found this forum. It has preserved what little sanity I have left.
 

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Oooh! Cap'n Josephine! I like!
 

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Melanie - one of the exercises I was told to do from day one of my op was aimed at stretching the leg out. Roll up a towel so that you have approximately a six inch roll and then run sticky tape around it so that it stays put. By placing the roll under your ankle gravity will make your knee sink down. Hold the stretch for no more than five minutes at a time. Repeat four to five times a day. You will be amazed that after a while your leg finally lays flat when you stretch it out. I must admit that at the start I could hardly tolerate doing this for more than a minute at a time. I'd grit my teeth through the remaining four minutes. But it really does work. After 8 years pre op of not being able to flatten my knee on the bed, I am still in awe that it now lays flat and looks 'normal'.
 

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Josephine your awesome !!!! Thats why i like this place everyone is honest .2 more days im going under the knife YIKES!! but you can bet ill come here and whine for sure im a BIG BIG baby whith pain .but am sure you all will help me out :O)
THanks again Josephine HUGGGGGGGGGGGGS to you JIM
 
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