TKR Over exercising 21 weeks post TKR

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Thank you @BlueSkiesHere for your thoughtful post. It helps me to hang in there. I am up, down and across the board depending on the week! It's been a long, hard road, hasn't it? My husband had lunch with some college buddies today, and one had a TKR several years ago with my same surgeon. He told my husband that he was playing golf within 3 months (I think my husband was hesitant to tell me)! Happy for him, but that's not me.

I'll be checking in again soon in September. I am scheduled for rotator cuff surgery on October 5 (really not excited about this, but has to be done), and it's on my dominant hand side, so I won't be posting for a few weeks. Thinking that since I'll be very sedentary and on meds for at least 2 weeks, maybe it'll help my knee? We shall see.

Thanks again for checking in!! Wishing you continued progress!
 
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He told my husband that he was playing golf within 3 months
Whenever we hear something like this, we picture the person fully recovered. However, how well did he manage playing golf at 3 months:

I was in a bowling league when I had my surgery. I also started back at 3 months.

However: I only bowled one game, not our usual 3, my first time back. For a couple of months my husband carried my bowling ball for me. He helped me get my shoes on because I couldn’t bend enough to do it myself. It took me 2 months to work up to bowling 3 games, and I still could not approach the throw line the same way I did before surgery.

So, I could honestly tell people I was bowling at 3 months, and I was, but it’s not the whole story.
 

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hahahah @Jockette ...I love your posts. You've been an inspiration and solace to me also. I've read your entire 96 page thread. :)
@ChillTime I'm glad I checked in when I did. Sending you healing vibes, courage and COMPLETE recovery with your rotator cuff surgery. Geez...always something. Keep us posted until .... well, you can't for awhile.
Yeah, I have a buddy who had TKR just after I did and she was out walking her little trail and driving in no time. Now that will work on the mind. However, her first TKR was a totally different story and was a difficult and longer recovery. I'm just gonna stick with faith that in a year's time we will all be able to post...it just takes time.
 
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I saw a different OS from my surgeon last week for an opinion as to why I am not doing better at this point. I seem to have plateaued activity at 2.5 miles of ADL walking and nothing else. He took X-rays and was thinking I might have a Patellafemoral issue but didn’t see anything out of the ordinary. He looked at my operating report and explained that the medial area of tissue above and beside my kneecap is painful because my surgeon cut that tissue to insert the implant. He cuts a different ”route” and it typically does not cause as much pain. He almost laughed when I told him I am at 8 months out and said that I need to give my knee more time to heal. Then, the next two days, I was pain free all day. It felt great to not think about my dang knee! The pain returned when I did some house cleaning, and obviously it was too much. I have suffered for a few days but can feel the lessening of pain. I am so looking forward to going out and walking FOR EXERCISE and not even think about what my limits are. I know it’s coming … patience!
 

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@ChillTime ...Glad to hear you are feeling less pain after doing too much housework. Do you find you have less "downtime/pain days" as you progress?

What kind of issues do you experience which limits your walking? What is your maximum time you can walk? I've been struggling with walking as well at +7 months.
 
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Hi @2chains and thanks for the well wishes! My knee is all over the place and sometimes has less “downtime/pain days” but other times, I can’t believe that the “small amount of activity” I do can create pain. I have, however, learned to tell when I am overdoing activity and have to just stop and rest. It does drive me crazy!

The issues I struggle with include achy pain in my medial knee which, if I push it, turns into intense achy pain inside my central knee area with a little swelling. I am able to walk comfortably for about 2.5 miles each day (usually doing ADL and not formal exercise) and that’s it. If I want to ride a bike, I can’t walk as far. If I water walk at the pool (can’t swim due to shoulder injury), then I can’t do more than 15-20 minutes or the pain will start up. Sometimes I am able to do very light weights. All in all, I am better than at 3-4 months, but it has been very small baby steps! I am now at 8 months. All very frustrating, but with some pain free days sprinkled in, I am hopeful that my knee is turning the corner.

I have another surgery in 2 weeks for a torn rotator cuff and hope that with a few weeks of less activity, maybe my knee will improve greatly?? I’ll let you all know!
 

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@ChillTime! Thanks for the update. All in all - that second surgeon's exam feels quite encouraging. At least he explained why your pain is lasting longer. It also must be reassuring he almost laughed at 8 months and you (us) thinking we should be recovered.
I find that report hopeful also. I'm at almost 7 months and like you I do have sprinkled in times where it is better and I can see a bit of progress. I guess my expectations would be it would be faster. Welcome back to the slow but FULL recovery team here. Still cheering you on. I am pretty much doing the same as you to aid my recovery and I still ice and elevate, also. Like you...I'm kind of getting to know when that point of down time is arriving. I keep trying to push it a LITTLE bit further every month on the walking. And I mean a little bit.
Good luck on the rotator cuff surgery. I think you might be right it will be a good thing to rest the knee a bit as well. I find when I go out of town and am riding more in the car...when I come back my knee feels better. Go figure. I think I've heard it somewhere..."it takes a full year to recover". Wonder where we have heard that? Nice that a surgeon admits it for once.
 

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"I have another surgery in 2 weeks for a torn rotator cuff and hope that with a few weeks of less activity, maybe my knee will improve greatly?? I’ll let you all know!"

Best of luck with your surgery. Keep us posted!
 
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Thank you @2chains and @BlueSkiesHere for your nice feedback (and well wishes with my latest surgery "on dock," lol)! You two are right in there with me, and we will get through this. Bit by bit. Small improvement by small improvement. This TKR recovery is the biggest mental and physical challenge I've had in a long time and has kept me on my toes. PLEASE keep me in the loop with your recoveries, and I will post again before surgery and then as soon after as I can. I am thinking of you!
 

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