post knee replacement problems
Janet San Jose CA

San Francisco, CA

#82 Apr 15, 2008
I had TKR bilaterally 3/10/08. From the very beginning I have felt extreme tightness behind both knees especially the Right knee. It is a constant pressure and was relieved by percocet, but the doctor will no longer allow me to use that. I am so uncomfortable. Will massage help? Anything I can do? Help!
Janet San Jose CA

San Francisco, CA

#83 Apr 15, 2008
I have the same problem and had my TKR on 3/10. My PT says it is muscle tightness also, but so far the massage has not helped. I don't have an answer, but hope to find one. I can't bear thinking that I will have this tightness the rest of my life. Janet
Sheryl wrote:
I had a partial knee replacement on 10/31/07, five months ago. I'm working hard on exercising and physical therapy, and I have 130 degrees of flexion (with a lot of straining and struggling). I still can't fully straighten my leg, which causes some lower back pain and which throws my gait off. My big problem is that it feels as though I have a vice or tight metal brace around my knee and calf area. Just above my knee, it feels numb, or like a piece of meat. My physical therapist has started including deep muscle massage as well as exercises because she thinks that the fascia over the muscles is "bunched up" rather than lying smoothly. She thinks that's restricting my ability to smoothly move my leg. Has anyone else had this feeling? Does it ever go away? It depresses me to think it might always be this way because I used to be so active.
Joon

Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

#84 Apr 16, 2008
For heaven's sake give yourself a shake! You have only been one month post TKR! If you broke you leg you would be longer in recovery that that!!! Why isn't your surgeon or therapist encouraging you more! It's ridiculous to imagine you should be feeling normal at this stage! Keep working at it, amazing as it seems, all it takes it TIME! Good luck, Joon
cococo

Muskegon, MI

#85 Apr 19, 2008
You will feel 80 percent improved by the 3 month mark. Percocet is a strong narcotic with proven addiction problems. Try elevation and polar pak for some relief. Also, follow the exercise/stretching directions from your PT.
cococo

Muskegon, MI

#86 Apr 19, 2008
I had a unicompartmental replacement 5 months ago. Have done amazingly well; I have little pain and the best mobility I have had in 10 years. My concern is that in the last 3 weeks I have developed calf swelling (3 inches greater) with itching and burning in the entire leg. I have had dopplers to rule out clot. Any similar probelms/whats the cause?
Janet San Jose CA

San Francisco, CA

#87 Apr 20, 2008
Thank you Joon, I do tend to expect to be better yesterday. My PT is very encouraging,and the surgeon mentioned something about swelling and says that it is normal at this point. I had to finally see him in person to get an answer. I also will try icing and elevation more before I take a percocet, because I really don't want to be addicted. Thanks again! Janet
Joon wrote:
For heaven's sake give yourself a shake! You have only been one month post TKR! If you broke you leg you would be longer in recovery that that!!! Why isn't your surgeon or therapist encouraging you more! It's ridiculous to imagine you should be feeling normal at this stage! Keep working at it, amazing as it seems, all it takes it TIME! Good luck, Joon
Janet San Jose CA

San Francisco, CA

#88 Apr 20, 2008
Thank you, that is sooo good to know. I hope I can get back to work by then. I will ice, elevate, and exercise more. I also think I tend to do too much. My PT says I try to act like my knees are normal and they aren't yet. Thanks again! Janet
cococo wrote:
You will feel 80 percent improved by the 3 month mark. Percocet is a strong narcotic with proven addiction problems. Try elevation and polar pak for some relief. Also, follow the exercise/stretching directions from your PT.
Seymour Blau

Bethel Island, CA

#89 Apr 21, 2008
Jean wrote:
I am contemplating haveing my knee replaced and have been putting it off for years. I am 52 and quite active. My fear is losing the ability to continue biking, skiing, hiking, jogging, etc.
I am wondering if anyone can tell me if they are able to jog at all after a replacement? Want to do a small triathalon next summer that ends with a 3 mile run. just hoping.
Thanks
I am a 78 year old male. Had my total knee replacement on April 1, 2008 and I am so relieved that I went through the operation. I first got some steriod injections in the knee to relieve the pain. The relief started to wane after the third injection. I then purchased a knee brace to increase the space between the two rubbing bones this was a temporary fix as the brace kept slipping and the pain got worse. I finally got the approval for the operation a month prior to the replacement. I keep to the excercise regimen and each time I got to my physical therapist he says I am doing amazingly well! The last time I went to the therapist he said my range of knee motion was 99, today it is over 120. Don't be afraid of the operation. Hospital time was four days, I can now navigate without a walker and use my excercise bike. My knee pain is minimal and controlled by pain killers and ice and a surgical stocking. I am very happy I went through the surgery....
David Cooper

Englewood, NJ

#90 Apr 25, 2008
DONALD MEYER wrote:
I HAD TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT ON 8/8/2007. MY KNEE CRUNCHES WHEN I WALK. IT IS STIFF ALSO. MY DOCTOR SAYS THIS WILL PASS. I AM CONCERNED BECAUSE THE CRUNCHING IS GETTING WORSE AND IT SEEMS SOMETHING IS WRONG. HAS ANYONE HAD THIS PROBLEM & DOES IT GO AWAY AFTER TIME???
I have had my TKR on August 2, 2007, and now almost 9 most later, my knee feels like there is a vise grip around the knee. My knee is worse than before I had the operation and am very sorry I had the procedure.
Sharon

Port Charlotte, FL

#91 May 1, 2008
Donald - I had bilateral knee replacement last August. The clicking and crunching (according to my doctor is scar tissue. Mine has lessened some but I can still hear it at night. The tightness will be helped with massage and ice. I have no pain now but going down stairs is still tight on
the left side. All in all I am very glad I had the surgery.
carol craft

AOL

#92 May 5, 2008
Ive had 3 tnr in 5 years 2 on my left knee because of my bone dying they had to do a total redo again ouch my right one is fine My left one scrunchs also it burns and sounds like my bone is breaking when i bend it or get out of a chair my doctor said it might be scar tissue undermy knee cap im not giving im walking and excercise everday please keep on going and please dont try to run your leg is not healed for at least a year
Sarah

Jacksonville, FL

#93 May 11, 2008
I had TKR bi later 2 1/2 hrs ago and had had to have several cortison injections in the left one. The right one is worse, with loud popping and cracking and the knee "locks" all the time.'ve asked my dr several times, he just says to wait longer. I live in St. Augustine, FL
Lori

AOL

#94 May 17, 2008
I had partial (oxford) knee replacement. I almost can run - little but easy. I can do race walking. I am still doing Taekwondo but not use that bad one leg to kick person. Taekwondo is part of therapy and make my knee gets strong. I have one good leg to kick. I am doing Point Sparring - mostly hands. I am only 43 years old. I am very active person. I hope future will have very good technique than now. Hopeful they find that can running or tennis, etc.
walt

United States

#95 May 20, 2008
Had total replacement 17 mos. ago. Had complete revision 12 mos. ago with rebuilt patella. Knee is still very swollen, stiff and sore. Can walk and bike but very uncomfortable.
Walt St. Louis
Robert Debo

Ballwin, MO

#96 Jun 11, 2008
It has been 13 weeks since I had TKR and I still have a warm knee, can't get my leg to lay totally flat, still at therapy and they keep trying to get it straight. Have been swimming, 3 time a week, and exercising trying to straighten the leg.
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gayle in Ma

Southbridge, MA

#97 Jun 11, 2008
I had my knees done Sept 2006 and Dec 2006. My kness have left me with a great deal of limitations. I teach 5 year olds . I am unable to kneel, I am often unable to even sit in their chairs because they are so low to the ground.I am so limited as to what I can do. I was just told after 11 years that because of my limitations I will not be able to teach in the fall. I took a leave of absence last year and went to therapy and swimming. The only thing that I did wrong was gain weight, around 60 lbs. I went through a terrible divorce and found my comfort food.....bad idea!!When you are in severe pain all the time whether it be mental or physical it is hard to stay away from the food. My primary Dr. wants me go into Boston for a second opinion. Help!!!
MARYANN PHILADELPHIA PA

Kemblesville, PA

#98 Jun 12, 2008
I HAD TKR APRIL 2008. IT'S BEEN 7 WEEKS. I AM GOING TO NEW YORK FOR THE DAY ON SATURDAY AND HEADING DOWN THE SHORE ON MONDAY. I HAVE 106 DEGREE BEND IN MY KNEE BUT CAN'T STRAIGHTEN ALL THE WAY. IT STILL FEELS LIKE A BAND AROUND IT, BUT NOTHING LIKE I WAS BEOFRE SURGERY. EXERCISE, EXERCSIE, GO TO A POOL AND DO IT. IT REALLY HELPS,
BEST OF LUCK TO ALL WHO STILL HAVE PROBLEMS. I DID GET A CLOT BEHIND MY KNEE 5 DAYS AFTER SURGERY. I HAD TO GET 4 PINTS OF BLOOD WHILE I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL. THEN WENT BACK TO THE HOSPITAL FOR A FEW DAYS BECAUSE OF MY HEART. BUT ALL IN ALL I AM DOING GOOD NOW.
BEST OF LUCK TO ALL
MARYANN
Ralph from NC

Leland, NC

#99 Jun 17, 2008
I had knee replacement in Dec, 08 and have had good success. I recomend anyone who needs replacement to find a good doctor who does minimal
invasive surgery. The cut was only 4-6 inches. I walked in two days and came home from the hospital and walked from the car to the house without help. It has been six months and I do not have pain. I do have a click in the knee I had replaced but it does not hurt. My doctor said it may be scar tissue. I hope everyone who needs replacement can find a doctor that uses this technique.
Fast Freddie

Somerville, NJ

#100 Jun 17, 2008
i used to be a very fast racehorse. I injured my knees at the Stakes Race. I had all 4 of my knees replaced and can nolonger race. I am depressed and my owner is thinking of making me into a plow horse. i don't know what to do anymore. Can I go on? I am on heavy drugs and still in lots of pain, and can no longer run. Help me...
savtaf

Omaha, NE

#101 Jun 19, 2008
Fast Freddie wrote:
i used to be a very fast racehorse. I injured my knees at the Stakes Race. I had all 4 of my knees replaced and can nolonger race. I am depressed and my owner is thinking of making me into a plow horse. i don't know what to do anymore. Can I go on? I am on heavy drugs and still in lots of pain, and can no longer run. Help me...
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