Lack of stamina after knee replacement

Lack of stamina after knee replacement

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Jerry

Nyack, NY

#1 Jul 27, 2011
My wife still feels tired and has no stamina three months after full knee replacement and wonders is that normal.
Brenda

AOL

#2 Jul 28, 2011
Jerry wrote:
My wife still feels tired and has no stamina three months after full knee replacement and wonders is that normal.
I am in my 13 month and I don't hardy have any energy at all. Does her knee feels heavy and tight. Mine does.
Janice

Gardendale, AL

#3 Jul 30, 2011
I had RTKR 4 months ago and LTKR 6 weeks ago. I too am frustrated at the lack of stamina but I think a lot of it is due to the after effects of the anethesia and other meds. I have been told it is a very bloody surgery and even those that are fortunate enough not to require blood transfusions are still borderline on anemia. I started taking iron supplements several weeks before my surgery and still take them. I hope that now I can walk with out pain I will eventually build up my stamina.
Jerry

Nyack, NY

#4 Jul 31, 2011
Brenda wrote:
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I am in my 13 month and I don't hardy have any energy at all. Does her knee feels heavy and tight. Mine does.
Hi Brenda: Her knee is coming along but still some tightness, mostly the stamina problem, and we spoke to the surgeon who said she should get a complete exam and blood work from her internist, which we are doing.
Jerry

Nyack, NY

#5 Jul 31, 2011
Janice wrote:
I had RTKR 4 months ago and LTKR 6 weeks ago. I too am frustrated at the lack of stamina but I think a lot of it is due to the after effects of the anethesia and other meds. I have been told it is a very bloody surgery and even those that are fortunate enough not to require blood transfusions are still borderline on anemia. I started taking iron supplements several weeks before my surgery and still take them. I hope that now I can walk with out pain I will eventually build up my stamina.
Hi Janice: Our Doc, isn't sure yet but thinks it might be anemia. Jerry
Prudy

Tucson, AZ

#6 Sep 30, 2012
I am 5 weeks post TKR, and have little, or no, pain, walk without a limp for a half mile or more, bend the new joint 124 degrees, but I have no energy after being up for 15 minutes. I had my blood checked last week, and am still a little anemic, so the doctor prescribed iron pills. No change. I have never been this way, and it is very frustrating and depressing. It isn't getting better!
pat

Springfield, VA

#7 Oct 1, 2012
I had my left knee replaced 9/14/11. I did 3 months of pt and never did get passed 80 degrees. Pt was very painful I worked hard at home and at pt but the Dr. said that I wasn't working hard enough. I went back to pt in May it didn't help. My knee is so stiff and heavy. I also went to water exercises I don't know what else to do. Has anyone else had this problem? I'm open to suggestions.
Joanne

Old Lyme, CT

#8 Apr 1, 2013
pat wrote:
I had my left knee replaced 9/14/11. I did 3 months of pt and never did get passed 80 degrees. Pt was very painful I worked hard at home and at pt but the Dr. said that I wasn't working hard enough. I went back to pt in May it didn't help. My knee is so stiff and heavy. I also went to water exercises I don't know what else to do. Has anyone else had this problem? I'm open to suggestions.
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I too had difficulty extending my ROM past 85 at the six week mark. I had a knee manipulation done and my knee took off. Now at 132 at 10 weeks
Joanne

Old Lyme, CT

#9 Apr 1, 2013
I too am having difficulty with stamina. Started back to work today. (4/1/13) Hit a wall after about 5 hours. Had first knee done 12/3/12 and second knee done 1/15/13. Work is fairly sedentary. I was actually feeling a little nausea and hot flashes. Don't think it's med withdrawal as it's been happening since I had the second knee done.
Liz Sutherland

Glasgow, UK

#10 May 5, 2013
Had knee replacement ten weeks ago I am seventy two years of age I feel so weak tired no energy I find my heart races from time to time but thought that might be related to the amount of opeated painkillers I was takeing I stopped those four weeks ago is there anyone else who is suffering these symptoms I had my bloods checked by my doctor and they came back ok
Liz sutherland

Glasgow, UK

#11 May 7, 2013
I see someone has had a knee manipulation and it has helped could someone please tell me what this is
Robert Young

Athens, OH

#12 May 8, 2013
Liz Sutherland wrote:
Had knee replacement ten weeks ago I am seventy two years of age I feel so weak tired no energy I find my heart races from time to time but thought that might be related to the amount of opeated painkillers I was takeing I stopped those four weeks ago is there anyone else who is suffering these symptoms I had my bloods checked by my doctor and they came back ok
I am 74 year old man and had both knees replaced October 4th 2012. I quit pain pills after three weeks. After four months of serious rehab I am playing doubles tennis for two hours three times per week and cutting my grass with unpowered push mower for two hours a week. Key for me was rehab at hospital 18 hours and then 60 hours at rec. center, plus about 100 hours of walking. I am taking iron, Vit D and multivitamin pills every day. Eat healthy diet!! You need to be in very good shape going into surgery, lots of exercises for knees and legs!!!

Since: Nov 12

Palm Desert, CA

#13 May 8, 2013
Hi Liz, I had my RTKR on 1/28/13. Due to too much scar tissue, I wasn't able to get beyond 110 degrees extension - with a lot of pain. I had my knee manipulated in April and my PT was able to bend it to 127. The surgeon puts you under and basically bends your knee back as far back as possible - breaking up scar tissue in the process. It works with most people but some people just build up more scar tissue and it doesn't work. It wasn't easy but I feel it was worth it.
Liz Cameron

Glasgow, UK

#14 Jun 11, 2013
i had total knee replacement four months ago I have no energy my heart has been racing and everything I seem to do just leaves me exhausted
grandies

Perth, Australia

#15 Jun 13, 2013
hi all-it is now 12 weeks since my RTKR and I am still unable to go past 95 deg. my ortho surgeon happy with that and not willing to do a manipulation with that bend. I am back driving in high traffic etc however still suffer the fluid build up and stiffness. He told me it will remain so for about 4-5 months as it is the body repairing itself. I walk up 14 stairs about 10 times a day and do my physio each morning at home. have a friend who has had 2 manipulations and still unable to get past 100 deg. so not sure if it is worth it, however another 8- year old friend is back on stage performing, swimming 4 kilometres a day and can sit on her leg!!!. My pain well under control now apart from the feeling of tightness from the fluid. he also told me that 'tiredness and lack of energy' are usual symptoms after surgery and can hang around for many weeks. Hope you guys improve. Joan
elenewport

Richmond, VA

#16 Jun 25, 2013
I had a knee replacement on 4/2/13 and started physical therapy right away. I am still doing physical therapy until I return to work on 7/17. Physical therapy is the key and doing the exercises everyday. Walked takes the swelling down plus icing. I am doing great on that part of it but my energy level has been down. I am going to get some vitamins started like one of the writers suggested he did. Also keeping a positive frame of mind is another important key.

It is a long process to heal but so worth it once the healing process is completed.
Bill

Fort Worth, TX

#17 Jul 29, 2013
Had RTKR June 20, 2013. Can bend from 0 deg straight to 131 deg after 5 weeks. Still have swelling and stiffness, but i can see progress. Only problem is that I'm tired all the time. Have to take a nap after showering and getting my clothes on before breakfast. I need another nap after breakfast and one before lunch! Do vitamins really help at this stage or will I have to wait for 6 months to go out and play?
Jamie

UK

#18 Aug 11, 2013
I had tkr 15 months ago I'm 65 the knee is a big success and I couldnt be more pleased with the outcome, but my energy levels have never recovered as they was before this surgery I'm tired all the time I just can't seem to shake it off, i can go for long walks ok but i get tired at home anyone els feel like this after over a year?
Lorraine UK

Nottingham, UK

#19 Aug 23, 2013
I have LTKR 12 July 2013, I am 50, Still having PT 100 deg bend, although still stiff and swollen, my quad muscles not working have been a major problem for me they hurt and I have been told to massage to get the knots out to help me lift leg. I have no energy at all and constantly fall asleep have cut down on meds as much as possible but still very lethargic. If I go out to do a bit of walking the next day I am in more pain. Suppose to be back at work in 3 weeks but I am worried I wont be able to cope.
Elizabeth

Mechanicsburg, PA

#20 Sep 5, 2013
I had righ total knee replacement on 8/12, am 3 weeks out now, can walk easily, still have pain, had pt at home with therapist, start "real" pt next week at rehab hosp. But am feeling very weak, tired, refused narcotic pain pills just take Tylenol, Celebrex & a few meds, nothing heavy. Don't know why I'm so tired.

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