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Hello @GrandmaBluejay - and :welome:

Did you have a total knee replacement (TKR) or a partial (PKR)? And which knee ois it? If you tell us, we'll add those details to your signature.

Here are our recovery guidelines - lots of helpful articles:

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
ice
take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)​

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. Try to follow this

6. Access to these pages on the website

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 the 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 the member’s history before providing advice, so please post any updates or questions you have right here in this thread.
 

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Hello and welcome to bonesmart. I hope you are doing well and find the articles helpful as you continue on your healing journey. Have a peaceful evening.
 
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Thank you for the welcome with pretty flower. nice pick me up!
Had tkr of right knee. Still in a lot of pain. Dr sending me to outside physical therapy this week. Have been doing all exercises home PT has given me. No improvement - only more pain. Discouraging but I am still optimistic all will get better! I have good range of motion (120) with little pain. But walking, raising leg, and sitting to standing hurt most behind my knee, then radiate down my shin into my foot and up into hip. Has this been a problem for anyone else?
 
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Actually did not report properly. When moving around and going from sitting to standing pain is EVERYWHERE in knee. Like a mini explosion. Have been pretty active until knee problem. Marching/baton twirling (2 hour practices per week,) dancing, water aerobics, swimming and walking. Now I go from lying down to chair to walking some around house and repeat. Boring! Have pillows stacked in chairs to make seats higher so I can get out of them with less pain. Thanks for letting me vent! One bright outcome - I've lost some weight! I'm smiling!
 
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Thank you for the welcome with pretty flower. nice pick me up!
Had tkr of right knee August 3rd. Still in a lot of pain. Dr sending me to outside physical therapy this week. Have been doing all exercises home PT has given me. No improvement - only more pain. Discouraging but I am still optimistic all will get better! I have good range of motion (120) with little pain. But walking, raising leg, and sitting to standing hurt most behind my knee, then radiate down my shin into my foot and up into hip. Has this been a problem for anyone else?
Actually did not report properly. When moving around and going from sitting to standing pain is EVERYWHERE in knee. Like a mini explosion. Have been pretty active until knee problem. Marching/baton twirling (2 hour practices per week,) dancing, water aerobics, swimming and walking. Now I go from lying down to chair to walking some around house and repeat. Boring! Have pillows stacked in chairs to make seats higher so I can get out of them with less pain. Thanks for letting me vent! One bright outcome - I've lost some weight! I'm smiling!
 

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@GrandmaBluejay,
You'll notice that I have merged your two threads together as we prefer that members in recovery only have one thread.

This is for three reasons:
1. if you keep starting new threads, you miss the posts others have left you in the old threads
2. it often ends up that information is unnecessarily repeated
3. it's best if we can keep all your recovery story in one place so it's easily accessed if we need to advise you.

Please keep all your questions and updates on this thread. Bookmark it if you can, so you don't lose it.
Don't worry that we won't see your questions as, between us, the staff read all new posts every day.

If you prefer a different thread title, just post what you want and we'll get it changed for you.
If you need an urgent response to a question, just tag a member of staff.
Tagging other members and answering tags

Here are the instructions on finding your thread, How can I find my threads and posts? Many members bookmark their thread, so they can find it when they log on.
 

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@GrandmaBluejay I have similar issues. My surgery 8/5. I have trouble getting put of a sitting position. Its painful. But I have two bad hips that contribute to that.
I also need crutches or walker also because of hips.
My knee, when walking, more often hurts. Not excruciating but hurts. There are some times in between where it doesn't hurt and those times are wonderful. The knee feels so strong and solid. Its a pleasure. Next time I get up it hurts again!
Everyone says this is normal but its an emotional rollercoaster because I expected to be further along at 6 weeks.
I too am losing weight. Gotta help right?
I know some who have been almost back to normal at this stage. Others a slow go for months. I try to take each day as it comes because I never know what to expect from one day to another. As you said, it boring.
And on the occasion I go somewhere it wipes me out.
This is where Bonesmart is so helpful. If nothing else just to help each other with support. Hang on there. Its gotta get better!
 
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Thank you Abbylala! Everyone I know who has had the TK surgery tell me how they sailed through a quick recovery! Only my cardiologist has told me his mother had 6 months of pain and now 2 yrs later she occasionally has discomfort.
I hear you about going out. A restaurant trip is OK in the beginning. But afterwards I can barely make the short trip to the car! And all I did was sit down to eat! Crazy!
I think what is adding to the challenge is that my knee "blew out" when I pivoted on carpet back in May. From then until surgery I was barely able to put weight on my knee. I went from pre-op pain to post surgical pain. 3 1/2 months of pain before surgery. Now 5 1/2 months total. I guess I'm just worn down. . . I was so looking forward to the surgery taking care of the pain. Actually took care of that pain but replaced it with another kind of pain.
I use the walker a lot. Keeps me from rocking back and forth when walking. Don't want to create another problem from walking crooked.
Sorry about your hips. Hopefully they will be better with your new knee recovery.
So happy my husband found this forum! Have a super day ~
 
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Reading the forum I have read so much about the benefit of icing. Well I was not doing it much. So after reading I spent most of yesterday icing! By last night my knee felt better and the benefit is still obvious today! I will continue to to be diligent about icing. Thank you everyone!
 

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With a flexion of 120 already you don’t need to do a lot of exercises, this could be contributing to your pain.

This is a rough surgery causong a lot of trauma to your whole leg. For most of us, pain will not go away in 6 weeks. Your soft tissues are very upset and will take an average of a year to heal. Overdoing the exercises can increase the normal post op pain level.

Some people forget all they went through recovering from this surgery. Only a few bounce back quickly. You are having a very normal recovery.
 

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