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Recovery has been soooo slow and now I have taken a large step backwards! Last week all of a sudden woke up with lots of pain and could not walk! Anytime I put pressure on knee walking or even standing had shooting pain. Called Dr., prescribed Tramadol and to stay off it and ice and elevate. Seen Dr. on Tuesday 08/04 and saw PA. He said that he thinks it is scar tissue from both surgeries and recommended deep tissue scar massage at PT. No exercises as ROM is great. Going today for first massage at PT, will update when I get back. My question is - do you all think it is time for a second opinion or does this all sound normal?? I am really getting discouraged and so wish that I never had the surgery!! Sorry that I sound so whiny! But I just want to walk again!!
 

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Last week all of a sudden woke up with lots of pain and could not walk!
I’m sorry you have additional pain. We would think by 5 months post op we’d be past that point.

However, technically, you’re still not quite (but almost!) halfway healed, so your knee can still be sensitive to an activity it doesn’t feel ready for.

Did you do anything different a day or two before you woke up with this current pain? To be honest I’m not aware that scar tissue can cause sudden pain. Scar tissue sometimes seems to be the go-to answer when they don’t have an answer.
 

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Sometimes I'd wake up in pain and couldn't figure out why. I assumed that I had slept on it wrong or moved my knee in my sleep that caused it to fuss. That can be what happened to your knee.

Saw Dr. on Tuesday 08/04 and saw PA. He said that he thinks it is scar tissue from both surgeries
Why do so many PTs and doctors want to blame everything on scar tissue, which is actually the very rare adhesions? I've had 5 previous surgeries on this knee, which is full of scar tissues but no adhesions.

At less than halfway through this healing journey, your knee will hurt and swell off and on. Ice and elevate as much as possible to get that new pain down. It's possible that PT will just aggravate your knee, so make sure they don't hurt your already painful area.
 
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There is nothing different that I did before this pain started. Dr. again took xrays and said everything looks great. He put me back on a walker as he said not to stress the knee any more. Thank you for your response!!
 
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to Sistersinhim - I do ice and elevate quite often during the day. I have stopped all PT on recommendation from Dr., only starting with the massage for the scar tissue today. Doing light stretching exercises that I had gotten right after first surgery. Hope something helps! :sad:
 
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Back from PT and therapist thinks there is Patella tendonitis. Did massage and manipulation and recommended, heat - scar manipulation - ice. Also do very light bike exercise.
 

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Back from PT and therapist thinks there is Patella tendonitis. Did massage and manipulation and recommended, heat - scar manipulation - ice. Also do very light bike exercise.
I feel your pain @Meme273! I had bilateral TKR on July 6th. My left knee is coming along really well with range of motion, pain reduction and strength. But my right knee is really lagging behind, and most things make the back of that knee ache. My therapist figured out what is happening on Monday. I have hamstring tendinitis, and it is messing everything up! So now in addition to all my other exercises, I have several new ones that specifically address the tightness in my hamstring. I can already tell after just a few days that they are slowly making a difference. I hope the treatment plan your PT comes up with works for you!!!!
 

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