tkr pain after 1 month

Since: Jul 10

Stoughton, Ma.

#21 Aug 8, 2010
Rhea50 wrote:
I am at 9 weeks out of total knee replacement for my left knee. I need the right done, but will put it off as long as possible, because of the recovery time.
I am very happy for the most part on how everything is going. Today I feel like I am having a bad day as my knee is aching and feels swollen. But this is the end of my work week.
The problem I have, is because of my age everyone in my family, and at work expect me to be back to normal at 9 weeks. But I don't feel like I am. I feel like I am doing great, but still have a way to go. I don't feel like being made to feel like I am being a baby about it.
Reading these comments help me feel better about this.
I don't know what you do for work but don't let anybody try to tell you you should be back to normal. 9 weeks is nothing. This is a long recovery but will be glad you did it. At least I am.
Good luck!
MayAnne From Lowell

United States

#22 Aug 9, 2010
I am a 56 year old female and I had my left knee replaced 5-20-2010. I am at 119 ROM full extension and I still go to PT 2x a week. This is the hardest thing I have ever done and it sucks a lot but I turn a new corner every week. You have got to expect swelling and hot knees for a long time. Think about how they replaced that knee! Drills, saws, mallets... it is going to take a long time to heal.

I think the 2 most important things are to do your exercises and use lots of ice. Don't skimp on the ice, it makes a huge difference. Gelpacks do not cut it. 3 parts water to 1 part rubbing alcohol in a baggie makes a wonderful cold slush. I have sandwich sized baggies and I double the recipe for several freezer storage size slush bags. There are times I used 3 to 4 bags at a time to cover every place that was sore. Of course elevate your leg too.

Don't skimp on the exercise either. It is all about the exercise. It hurts, it is uncomfortable and it's not much fun but it makes a huge difference.

Every week I tell my PT guy I turned another corner and he gently reminds me there are a lot of corners to turn.
MayAnne From Lowell

United States

#23 Aug 9, 2010
I went back to work week 8 part time and it was very very hard and exhausting. If I could have stayed home 2 more weeks I would have. I went back fulltime week 11 and it is starting to feel better. Keep reminding yourself and those around you, you are x number of weeks into a 52 week healing process. Or make them watch a video of the operation and see if they think you should be all better.
Jackie

Spokane, WA

#24 Aug 17, 2010
susan wrote:
my 80 year old mother has had a successful knee replacement but she is complaining of nausea. she is not taking any pain killers or any other medicine apart from her usual tablet for heart condition. she is taking asprin but only with meals she was given something to take with asprin similar to people with ulcers to protect her stomach but stopped taking it when she found the side effect was nausea. she is still feeling really sick and not eating much. has anyone else felt sick?
I have after 4 mths decided that it is still so much work to do anything that it is adrenalin that is making me sick. Seems as my tummy started to feel better because I was not taking so much meds.
But I still would feel sick I started paying attention to when and where. Relised that just making a sandwich I would get and the harder the chore like Phy Ther the sicker I was. SOOOOOO Thats my thought. Good Luck and same to all those out here on these sights. We need all we can get from every sorce to lift our spirits, hearts, and heads so we can keep lifting that leg and move forward on baby step at a time.
Kay Van

United States

#25 Nov 19, 2010
I am six weeks out of TKR. I am told I am doing amazing. I had minimal invasive surgery with quad sparing. I am sure that helped early on. From week four on I have been sleeping well. I use the pillow between my knees or sleep on my back like my surgeon prefers. At first even while laying on my back I had to have a pillow under my knee. As time went on I kept switching it with a smaller pillow until I could do with out. At week three I was able to bend my knee at 126 degrees. I finished PT in six sessions. I had read to approach your rehabilitation like you would if you were preparing for the Olympics and that is what I did. The first two weeks I spent two hours a day doing ROM exercises. After that I increased the time to five hours a day adding weight and resistence exercises. I really could do little else and I seemed to really respond to the exercises. I found early on the more I moved around (within reason) the less achy I felt.
I have also been religious about elevating my leg above my heart and icing.
For pain and sleeping better I asked my doctor if I could use something like Bio-Freeze or Freeze-It on areas that hurt as long as I stayed away from the incision. He said it was fine as long as I stayed 2-3 inches from the incision. This helps reduces the pain well enough to help you to relax to fall asleep. If I woke up during the night I would re-apply.
I also took a Dramamine with my pain pill to control nausea and it also helped me to fall asleep.
Ann50

Dallas, TX

#26 Dec 14, 2010
I had one TKR the end of August and the 2nd one 6 weeks later. I am now going into my 10th week of recovery on the 2nd knee and am glad to have those first months behind me. I have been an arthritic from the age of 17 and am thankful I made it this long before having to go through knee replacement surgery. ROM exercises have really helped. My doctor has signed a work release for me for the first part of January.I am doing great with my bending and straightening but am working hard to build strength and endurance. How long until you feel strong again?

Does everyone feel stiffness when sitting for 15 to 20 minutes upon rising? I live in Wisconsin and with the cold weather season upon us I am wondering if this may be the cause?
Dottie nj

Bayonne, NJ

#27 Feb 21, 2011
I am five months after total knee replacement has any one had the feeling of pins and needles. it is constant pain with swelling,still just walking around my house with crutches. pain is constant and all my Doctor says is come back in four months.

Since: Dec 10

Salt Lake City, UT

#28 Feb 21, 2011
Well, I was bumbed this morning and decided to read this site again. I actually feel better now, I had a right tkr on 12/29/2010 and have done quite well. But I think I did so well that I thought that I would be kicking field goals by now. I just came back from a road trip with my wife, 1500 miles,my leg is stiff and sore, I did stretch and when possible hit the gym in some of the hotels we stayed in. My knee like everyone else is hot, I have some pain behind the knee, on the sides and on the shin, my foot also aches. These sound all common and I look for the day I don't think of my leg. Of course I need the left one done at least I already know what I'm in for. I am still a happy camper, I still remember how bad my knee hurt before surgery and this isn't that bad.
danny with knee pain

Saint Cloud, FL

#29 Feb 21, 2011
barry wrote:
I have just recently had a total knee replacement for my left knee a month ago and still have severe pain in my knee and other areas around including my hip and calf, this is causing great discomfort and sleepless nights. I am taking pain killers(co-codimal) with not much effect, the pain gets worse after exercise and general walking with the aid of walking sticks.My knee also feels quite hot all the time, i have to have a re-assesment in 2 weeks time and are going back to the doctor about the pain.
Can anyone give me some advice about this pain ?
Is this normal after 1 month?
Has anyone been in the same situation?
thanks , barry.
had tkr 5 mounths ago have lots of poping n clicking with dull pain to very sharp pain cant even roll over in bed its not at all what i was told about this yes with hip n calf h buring goodluck
danny with knee pain

Saint Cloud, FL

#30 Feb 21, 2011
barry yes lots of pain n hip n calf n buring pluse lots of pain in knee along with poping n clicking its been 5 mounths oxcodain 30 help me the best but hard to get the doc need to have this done on them then would know what we go tru but everybody driffent because nobody has the poping n clicking like i do its with sharp pain
Robin

High Point, NC

#31 Mar 10, 2011
I am 10 months healing since my tkr. Today it felt so bad I took my cane back out, is this normal? Should I call Dr. or wait for my year (May) check-up?

Also Left knee feel like rt knee did before replacement, should I bring this up also? Not looking forward to another surgery!

God Bless All! Thanks for listening.
Nail1940

Cedar Rapids, IA

#32 Mar 10, 2011
Robin wrote:
I am 10 months healing since my tkr. Today it felt so bad I took my cane back out, is this normal? Should I call Dr. or wait for my year (May) check-up?
Also Left knee feel like rt knee did before replacement, should I bring this up also? Not looking forward to another surgery!
God Bless All! Thanks for listening.
Robin if I were 10 months out and had to get my cane out again I would definitely be back questioning the doctor. And if I were only hearing excuses from him I would be seeing another reputable surgeon!!
As to your other knee.....my other knee is getting a bit painful and I am going to have the fluid injections in it. 3 injections a week apart. I have read several posts in these forums where folks have gotten relief for several months from them. If you are bone on bone, it's too late. My doctor said I am a candidate for it as I have a little cartilage left. You can have these over and over in the future also.......Nail
Robin

High Point, NC

#33 Mar 10, 2011
Nail,
Thanks so much for your response. Will keep you posted. I will also check into other knee options first like said injections maybe.
God Bless!
Robin
Ann from Orlando

Cocoa, FL

#34 Apr 15, 2011
susan wrote:
my 80 year old mother has had a successful knee replacement but she is complaining of nausea. she is not taking any pain killers or any other medicine apart from her usual tablet for heart condition. she is taking asprin but only with meals she was given something to take with asprin similar to people with ulcers to protect her stomach but stopped taking it when she found the side effect was nausea. she is still feeling really sick and not eating much. has anyone else felt sick?
Susan,
I am Age 67 and 4 1/2 weeks post op. I've experienced lots of nausea feeling since the operation. I believe some of it is caused by the pain, some from pain relievers and then a huge dose of nausea and diahrea after going cold turkey off oxycodone. Also, the anesthesia can affect one several weeks after the operation. It's a tough operation as the knee is the largest, most complex joint in the body. I still have a lot of pain and struggle to keep a positive attitude. I'm work hard at PT even though it is extremely painful. You mom needs encouragement, patience and love to get her past this phase. It may take some time. Ann
NGL

Wenatchee, WA

#35 Aug 11, 2011
I had a total left knee June 20 - so about seven weeks out. I need to have the right replaced as soon as possible. By reading here, I feel I'm doing well, but my PT makes me feel like I'm way behind and incapable. He often pushes me ahead too fast and causes me to have to back off for several days. I have 0 to 115 fluently, full weight-bearing using hiking sticks for balance and to encourage proper gait and leg alignment. I use maybe one Vicodin per day with the rest tylenol and aleve. I prefer to feel some pain so I know when to slow down. I use a compression ice-cuff and still wear a TED stocking occassionally to control swelling. I use a loose ace bandage at night to increase comfort. My one concern is pain below the knee at the level of where the prosthesis meets the tibia. It increases with too much stair work, squat practice, etc. Is this normal?
Pat3

Welwyn Garden City, UK

#36 Aug 12, 2011
I am 2 weeks post op. Pain is bearable. I am down to one crutch and can walk with out one for a little bit. I am trying to forget my limp!. I am currently still off work but will have to go back in 2weeks, whether ready or not! I am doing all the exercises throughout the day and regularly ice, but I have to work through the pain. The skin on my knee feels very "tight" I have just started rubbing in E45cream to assist healing and hopefully flexibility. My knee feels like it's "clicking" but I am told that may be tendons slipping?
I was on tramadol pre op and am still on them but they don't do much.
The worst aspect is sleeping. I am lucky to get 2 hours before the ache wakes me I then toss and turn for hours before getting a further 1-1.5 hours sleep. I notice sleep issues are a very common theme for tkr. Anyone have any idea how long this goes on for? Or have any tips.?
Ann from Orlando

Orlando, FL

#37 Aug 12, 2011
Barry, hang in there and don't get discouraged. It is normal to have pain. Take some tylenol and know it will be better by three months. After that it gets better and better. Ann
barry wrote:
I have just recently had a total knee replacement for my left knee a month ago and still have severe pain in my knee and other areas around including my hip and calf, this is causing great discomfort and sleepless nights. I am taking pain killers(co-codimal) with not much effect, the pain gets worse after exercise and general walking with the aid of walking sticks.My knee also feels quite hot all the time, i have to have a re-assesment in 2 weeks time and are going back to the doctor about the pain.
Can anyone give me some advice about this pain ?
Is this normal after 1 month?
Has anyone been in the same situation?
thanks , barry.
Janet

Warwick, RI

#38 Sep 21, 2011
I'm 41 had both knees done 6 month apart right one went great I'm 3 months post op from my left been to hospital twice with really bad pain in the top muscle above my knee (they say this is normal) also can hardly walk because of bad calf pain and my foot swells a lot HELP
Marcie--New Jersey

Trenton, NJ

#39 Nov 17, 2011
I am 58 yr. old female. Just had my right knee replaced about 4 weeks ago. I'm walking with a cane and sometimes a walker. Still taking pain meds and still don't sleep well. I do keep a pillow between my legs which helps. I do ice my knee alot which helps and exercise daily. I went to rehab center for 1 week after hospital which was helpful. I've been home for over 2 weeks and don't have any issues with the steps. Try not to go up more than 2-3 times a day. I still have pain especially when exercising. I can move the knee only to 100 at this point. I'll start with therapy at a rehab center next week. I now have at home therapy which was great. Still can't drive for a few more weeks. This is a very slow recovery and I think I am making progress but it is so slow. I am still limping also but hope this improves with time. I did at the beginning felt nausea and food didn't taste good. Had a bad apetite and lost some weight. I feel stronger now and am trying to eat healthy. Good luck to everyone having surgery!!
Spike

Merritt Island, FL

#40 Dec 18, 2011
Had TKO left knee 11/8/11 month plus out .. alot of pain and swelling.. had acl recontruct same knee in 84 OA caught up to me .. so it was TIME .. so I know pt means tears and hard work may pay off.. knee always runs hot.. 4 hrs sleep is the norm.. Pushing it and my rom is only 120 with that tear we all know so well. Soccer days are gone .. now I look forward to the bike and pool..also the match on the telly.. have to take that pill (oXY low dose ) for that pt to max that rom.. stuck @ 120. Maybe forced manipulation is the answer? Crossing my fingers because I have the dreaded Zimmer new gen high flex.. Isn't there any successful stories with this implant out there? Good luck to all who wear the zipper..

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