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[TKR] My Journey

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by Beckadeez, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. Beckadeez

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    I am 3 weeks out, today. I’ve been having a lot of tightness and am only doing ADL. Any advice as to how to stretch my quad and calf muscles, without knee pain? It’s driving me crazy and is very uncomfortable. Ice and rest don’t seem to help.
     
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    I'd comment but in order to do so, I also need to ask you some questions. Are you willing for me to do that?
     
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    Ask away
     
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    @Beckadeez -Welcome. I am 4 weeks out on my 2nd knee today. I remember #1 hurting for quite some time yet I have a different experience with #2. This time around, it is more of an achy type pain I get now and again down the side of my calf. To me, I think it's the same area where I was getting pain prior to surgery. I do a bit of massaging the muscles area and keep it elevated and iced best I can.
    Soon there will be some reading materials posted for you to review.
    This is a good place to ask questions and to share your concerns and thoughts. It's a big family that has been through experiences much like you.
     
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    @GingerP Thanks. I’ve been enjoying this site. No one had told me how difficult this recovery truly is.
     
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    Most of us didn’t know how difficult this recovery would be. It’s the worlds best kept secret, then SURPRISE!!!!!

    They really should prepare us more, we would panic less, worry less and be more accepting of the situation.
     
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    Hi @Beckadeez
    I see that you haven't had the post-op reading articles yet, so here they are.
    They will address many of the questions you may be asking yourself:
    Knee Recovery: The Guidelines
    1. Don’t worry: Your body will heal all by itself. Relax, let it, don't try and hurry it, don’t worry about any symptoms now; they are almost certainly temporary
    2. Control discomfort:
    rest
    elevate
    ice
    take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)
    don't overwork.
    3. Do what you want to do BUT
    a. If it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physical therapist - to do it to you
    b. If your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it again.​
    4. PT or exercise can be useful BUT take note of these
    5. Here is a week-by-week guide for Activity progression for TKRs


    The Recovery articles:
    The importance of managing pain after a TKR and the pain chart
    Swollen and stiff knee: what causes it?

    Energy drain for TKRs
    Elevation is the key

    Ice to control pain and swelling
    Heel slides and how to do them properly

    Chart representation of TKR recovery
    Healing: how long does it take?

    Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it
    Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?

    There are also some cautionary articles here
    Myth busting: no pain, no gain
    Myth busting: the "window of opportunity" in TKR
    Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds

    We try to keep the forum a positive and safe place for our members to talk about their questions or concerns and to report successes with their joint replacement surgery. While members may create as many threads as they like in a majority of BoneSmart's forums, we ask that each member have only one recovery thread. This policy makes it easier to go back and review history before providing advice.
     
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    Many of us never took formal PT or did exercises. I am one of them. I had 11 knee surgeries, 2 of them kneecap removals and 1 tkr. Even after those I never took PT. But, I didn't just sit around and do nothing. I took care of myself, my house and yard as my knee allowed me to do. As I healed, I did more. But, my knee was always in control! This was enough therapy for me and would be for any tkr patient. All the awful pain of PT is so unnecessary.

    All you have to do is use it in your daily living! Your knee knows how to rehab itself and doesn't need anyone telling it how. Just use it and it will come back like new! You have to be patient, though, it doesn't happen quickly! ADL,(activities of daily living), going to the bathroom, brushing your teeth and bathing, fixing a light meal, getting something to drink and or a snack, those kinds of things will be all the exercise your knee needs. If you just use it daily in your living, you will have a quicker and less painful recovery. We know what works, we've been there!
     
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    @sistersinhim Thanks! That’s what I’ve been doing. No more formal PT for me
     
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    Oh good, you should have a much quicker and less painful recovery than those doing aggressive PT!
     
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    I am shocked and saddened by the fact that some people are treated so aggressively at PT.
     
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    I am, too. Until I had a knee replacement I had no idea.
     
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    I hope more people on here will take the No PT approach.
     
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    I’m really getting frustrated by sore legs in the mornings. My surgery leg is sore in the calf and quad muscles. Nothing helps, and my OS won’t give me muscle relaxers. I am out of pain meds so am taking Tylenol or Ibuprofen, to no avail. He doesn’t want to refill my oxycodone. My left knee is hurting every day now, too. I will need a replacement of it too, but don’t know when. I need an updated x-ray. I’m feeling fed up and depressed.
     
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    Could you get a muscle relaxer from your GP?

    I’m not sure if it would help at this stage. You are still so early, your whole leg is still very upset and angry. :console2:
     
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    Have you been elevating and icing frequently? I ask because ice can really help a lot with pain. It was my best friend after I stopped my oxy (did evil things to my stomach) and went to Tylenol only.

    There is so much about this surgery that can bring on frustration. :unsure: You’re in the roughest stretch right now.
     
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    @sistersinhim and @Jockette I haven’t asked for Tramadol but I did ask for a muscle relaxer. Waiting to hear from them.

    @SusieShoes Yes, I am. It does help. I’m trying not to do much, and am only doing ADL. Argh!
     

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