- May 13, 2019
- United States
Hello all. Reading through the forum has really helped me these past couple weeks. I received a total knee replacement on my right knee on April 26th and am now in week three of recovery. I work full-time and have a job where I am mostly seated at a computer. Today is my first full day of work, but at home instead of in the office. I’m expected to be back in the office this coming Thursday. My problem is that a former co-worker had a recent total knee replacement and was superman in recovery. He told everyone that he hardly took any meds, was walking unassisted the next day, and that he was out shoving snow within a few weeks. So, because of his wonderful recovery, my work is expecting my recovery to be just as fast and successful. The difference is that he is a weight lifter and in excellent shape… I am not (60lbs overweight). I can walk with a cane and occasionally without any assistance but I am disappointed that I can’t achieve 90% flexion in my leg and that the pain is still so bad. I try to move my knee throughout the day but forcing the knee to 90 degrees just makes it hurt all the next day. Will range of motion come back on its own if all I do is light but frequent stretching? How long can I expect to get pain meds from the doctor (is there a limit due to the well-publicized opioid problem)? At this point it is all so frustrating. Thanks for listening.