kathi

Vineland, NJ

#1028 Mar 27, 2011
I HAD TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT IN MARCH OF 2009. WENT TO THERAPY AND WAS FINE. LEG WAS SWOLLEN. WENT BACK FOR CHECK UP AND DOCTOR SAID WAIT FOR 15 MONTHS. NOW 2 YEARS AND PAIN IS WORSE. LEG IS STILL SWOLLEN AND HAVE PAIN MOST OF THE TIME. I HAD HIP REPLACEMENT BEFORE THAT AND NOW ONE LEG IS SHORTER THAN THE OTHER. I ASKED DOCTOR ABOUT IT, CAUSE I WALK LOKE A DUCK. HE SAID I'M ASIAN AND DON'T BELIEVE IN LIFTS. NOW I'M NOT ONLY WALKING LIKE A DUCK, I'M IN PAIN ALL THE TIME.ANYONE ELSE HAVE THESE PROBLEMS?
sarah downing

Walnut, CA

#1029 Mar 28, 2011
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Jeanne-o

United States

#1031 Mar 30, 2011
The first few weeks were sleepless till I quit
the pain meds. If you do sleep it was only for
a a few hrs. After surg. bending the knee is painful, but we have to do it. If we don't bend the knee the therapist will do it for you - which was even worse. I'm now at 5 mos. still have stiffness. Had 10cc of fluid removed last week, and got a cortazone shot. Doesn't feel quite as
stiff as before. Go back to Dr. next week..
My x-rayas look perfect. I have very soft bones - so dr. had to cement both pieces of the knee.
I think this may be causing my stiffness.
Anonymous

Brea, CA

#1032 Mar 30, 2011
I had TNR left knee 12/21/11. Outer left side, beside incision hurts almost continually, but especially at night. It takes lortab, pillow between leg, sleeping only on right side and icing the area to the left of incision to get relief. I only sleep in 4 hour intervals- length of time for med & ice Pack to wear off. Doctor says it's instrumentation during surgery. Had right knee replaced in May & had none Of this with that. Any thoughts why Pain is so bad? Judy Chamberlain
ramona

Lincoln, NE

#1033 Mar 31, 2011
Debbie wrote:
I had TKR on my left knee a little over a year ago. It was the most difficult thing I have ever been through but very neccesary as I have had severe ostioarthritis for at least 20 years and multiple injuries. I had severe foot and ankle pain and that is now gone. The physical therapy was grulling, but eventually effective. The first therapist I had was unable to be brutal enough with me and I developed scare tissue that wouldn't allow more than a 45 degree bend. After 4 months with another therapist, my doc put me out and bent it by force and then sent me home with a continueous motion machine that bent my knee at 110 degrees, back and forth, plus 3 more months of vigorous therapy. It worked. I also hear clicking sometimes. It used to alarm me but I am used to it now. I do get pain in the bursa (busitis) if I spend alot of time on my feet, or it is very cold out. I am going in next month for the right knee, I am tired of walking on the side of my foot from the knee having worn off that much bone. I am both dreading it and looking forward to it. When both knees are working good, I think life will be better. I don't have any illusions about no pain afterward. There will always be some pain, but maybe it will also help my back not to hurt so much when I can walk straight again. It is no walk in the park, that is for sure.
you gott that right. I am planning on second knee in Apr. I want it to work so I ccan have 2 good knees too, but hate the prospetof 7-8 months pain,,
Lynn

Rahway, NJ

#1034 Mar 31, 2011
I had tkr 10/4/2010 and am still in pain walking, sitting and can't sleep more than an hour a night. Fluid has been tested once and all was ok. By the end of the day, I really need to put my legs up and relax and the next morning, they feel much better. I can bend the left knee in excess of 120 degrees and the right knee 105. The right knee was really bad presurgery from a car accident over 35 years ago. I do see forward progress each week - although they are small milestones - I can do more than I could the week before. My doc says that is what this type of surgery is all about. I really believe that keeping a positive attitude also helps. Overall, I am much better today than I was 10/3 - not falling down, knees not locking in 90 degree position and although painfull, I actually can walk better than before. I guess I expected 100% recovery and pain free by this time which may be somewhat unrealistic. For all of you out there like me, just keep stretching, doing your excercizes, hold on to the small improvements and try to stay as positive as possible. I have to say that after reading these posts, I feel much better knowing that others are going through the same thing as I am.
Chris

Tuscaloosa, AL

#1035 Apr 3, 2011
I am 16 months post knee replacement and it hurts 24/7. Unfortunately, I am also allergic to all opiates. I have talked to numerous people who are having similar troubles. If you look at what defines success, most are successful. But it you throw in "pain-free" and "80% mobility" after 1 year, less than 5% are successes. And many thousands are being recalled.

Despite severe osteoarthritis, I should never have listened to a physician.
teacherlady

Parlin, NJ

#1036 Apr 3, 2011
As above entries state, we all seem to have an improvement, but it seems that the younger you are, the less likely you are to be "pain-free." Talk to those in their 70's and 80's, and they say' "No more pain!" Those of us who are in our 50's, are in pain 24/7. Does anyone know why that is? I heard something about muscle atrophy the older you are, so there is less muscle and nerve damage, but I don't really know for sure.
Barb

AOL

#1037 Apr 3, 2011
Question. Of late when I receive an e-mail that there is a post on this board when I retrieve it that post goes back to 2006. I am interested in new posts - not those from five years ago. Anyone else having this problem? If this keeps up I will simply unsubscribe. There must be other more up to date support boards pertaining to TKR.
Thanks for any help anyone has to give.
Jill

Bonita Springs, FL

#1038 Apr 3, 2011
Barb wrote:
Question. Of late when I receive an e-mail that there is a post on this board when I retrieve it that post goes back to 2006. I am interested in new posts - not those from five years ago. Anyone else having this problem? If this keeps up I will simply unsubscribe. There must be other more up to date support boards pertaining to TKR.
Thanks for any help anyone has to give.


You have to click on last page and it will take you to the latest comments. it took me a while to find this out too.
Jill

Bonita Springs, FL

#1039 Apr 3, 2011
kathi wrote:
I HAD TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT IN MARCH OF 2009. WENT TO THERAPY AND WAS FINE. LEG WAS SWOLLEN. WENT BACK FOR CHECK UP AND DOCTOR SAID WAIT FOR 15 MONTHS. NOW 2 YEARS AND PAIN IS WORSE. LEG IS STILL SWOLLEN AND HAVE PAIN MOST OF THE TIME. I HAD HIP REPLACEMENT BEFORE THAT AND NOW ONE LEG IS SHORTER THAN THE OTHER. I ASKED DOCTOR ABOUT IT, CAUSE I WALK LOKE A DUCK. HE SAID I'M ASIAN AND DON'T BELIEVE IN LIFTS. NOW I'M NOT ONLY WALKING LIKE A DUCK, I'M IN PAIN ALL THE TIME.ANYONE ELSE HAVE THESE PROBLEMS?
It has been 2 years since my replacement on my right knee. I had the left one done 3 months later in July of 2009. I still have a lot of pain and stiffness in both knees. My left one is much worse. The doctor says that the final xrays show the replacement is in perfect position. He can't seem to tell me why I still have pain. I hope that I don't have this pain for the rest of my life. I am a 68 year old female and play tennis several times a week. I don't think about it when I play but it hurts all of the time. I also have pain in both calves. Jill
frank

AOL

#1040 Apr 4, 2011
Can anyone get on there knees without pain? I wasnt told I would not be able to get on my knee's again. Dont have any faith in Doctors anymore. Drugs worked before the surgery and things havent changed.
Mike

Midrand, South Africa

#1041 Apr 5, 2011
frank wrote:
Can anyone get on there knees without pain? I wasnt told I would not be able to get on my knee's again. Dont have any faith in Doctors anymore. Drugs worked before the surgery and things havent changed.
Hi Frank
I found that too but im in my 10th month and sometimes i only realise afterwards that i was kneeling on a couch without any pain.

Still find the ground is too much and cant do that as yet.

I wonder how the Catholics and Anglicans handle this sort of thing LOL
shirley

Tunkhannock, PA

#1042 Apr 5, 2011
My orthopod told me I 'wont like kneeling' most likely. And he was correct. Bi-lateral knee replacement took place 6 1/2 years ago and kneeling is still impossible. Feels like a thousand tacks are jabbing me. If Jill can play tennis, she is a miracle. The starting and stopping of that game is bound, eventually to loosen the prostheses. My orthopod said "no running, jogging, jumping". Period. I have new pain after 6 years which seems to be 'patella pain' since the prostheses still seem to be solid, as per xrays and MRI. I wrote of this a few weeks ago asking if anyone else has this but I've not heard yet from anyone. Revision surgery to fix what is not working after TKR doesn't look promising.
Beverly

Enumclaw, WA

#1043 Apr 6, 2011
Jean wrote:
It is 16 months since my knee replacement and I still have soreness and pain around the patella when I walk. does not hurt when I am immobile or sleeping. Have had different opinions from physio, OS and massage therapists. Anyone else have this problem?
Jean I have been experincing the same thing for 6 years and 4 months and 4 days. And the pain has now in my shin bones and ankles and all the doctors do hs been playing guessing games on me
Beverly

Enumclaw, WA

#1044 Apr 6, 2011
teacherlady wrote:
As above entries state, we all seem to have an improvement, but it seems that the younger you are, the less likely you are to be "pain-free." Talk to those in their 70's and 80's, and they say' "No more pain!" Those of us who are in our 50's, are in pain 24/7. Does anyone know why that is? I heard something about muscle atrophy the older you are, so there is less muscle and nerve damage, but I don't really know for sure.
I am 69 years old had my both knee's replaced bi-lateral. I have never been out of pain since and the dr keep guessing games going as to what is wrong. I am tired and fed up It was suppose to improve my quality of life instead with the constant soreness and pain I can't even take my grandchildren to a park or anything so go figure
Beverly

Enumclaw, WA

#1045 Apr 6, 2011
shirley wrote:
My orthopod told me I 'wont like kneeling' most likely. And he was correct. Bi-lateral knee replacement took place 6 1/2 years ago and kneeling is still impossible. Feels like a thousand tacks are jabbing me. If Jill can play tennis, she is a miracle. The starting and stopping of that game is bound, eventually to loosen the prostheses. My orthopod said "no running, jogging, jumping". Period. I have new pain after 6 years which seems to be 'patella pain' since the prostheses still seem to be solid, as per xrays and MRI. I wrote of this a few weeks ago asking if anyone else has this but I've not heard yet from anyone. Revision surgery to fix what is not working after TKR doesn't look promising.
Shirley I have had the same thing in fact if you hadn;t written the post I would have sworn it was me. except I refuse to believe that we can't be more normal I was promised things would improve and I would beable to be my old self they were wrong I am worst off than before go figure, If you find a solution let me know
Dennis

AOL

#1046 Apr 6, 2011
montys1uk wrote:
I am 8 weeks post unicompartmental right knee replacement. still having a lot of pain, heat in the joint and swelling after standing for any time or being on my feet for periods of time as well. Is this to be expected? My Ortho.surgeon is a little vague about individual recovery times! i'm still not back at work, which involves a lot of standing, but am booked on a hiking holiday in mid June...is this realistic??!
Response: I am 11 weeks out from bi lateral partial(s). Having same experience except no heat. What I have read on line leads me to conclude that 4-6 monts out is a better gauge of results, and I am not shy about takng pain meds to sleep, or if needed during the day. Trying to keep positive attitude and look ahead. One study I saw reported best results/satisfaction after 1 year...poor to moderate comments from patients after "only" 6 months. One knee feels better than the other. That seems to be the norm from on line submissions. Dr's absolutely don't disclose the facts related to risks, pain, recovery time. Am wondering about a cortisone injection to calm things down...will ask my Dr.
Jill

Bonita Springs, FL

#1047 Apr 6, 2011
shirley wrote:
My orthopod told me I 'wont like kneeling' most likely. And he was correct. Bi-lateral knee replacement took place 6 1/2 years ago and kneeling is still impossible. Feels like a thousand tacks are jabbing me. If Jill can play tennis, she is a miracle. The starting and stopping of that game is bound, eventually to loosen the prostheses. My orthopod said "no running, jogging, jumping". Period. I have new pain after 6 years which seems to be 'patella pain' since the prostheses still seem to be solid, as per xrays and MRI. I wrote of this a few weeks ago asking if anyone else has this but I've not heard yet from anyone. Revision surgery to fix what is not working after TKR doesn't look promising.
My doctor told me a lot of the replacements that he does is so the person can play tennis again. I asked him in the beginning if I would be able to play again and he assured me I could. My knees actually feel ok when I play. I like to chase the ball and run and I can do that just fine. I am always aware of the replacements and my knees hurt most of the time, but I am going to live my life to the fullest as much as possible. I keep hoping it will get better with time. Tomorrow is the 2 year anniversary for my right knee. I play with all seniors and there are a lot of them with hip or knee replacements.
csquared

Atlanta, GA

#1048 Apr 7, 2011
My father is 65, and 2 weeks post TKR today. We had a set back because he had a blood clot immediately following his surgery, and pushed the PT back by 3-4 days, but this isn't the main problem. The problem is, the man is in pain. Serious pain. All day long he complains about how bad it hurts, and every time we do his exercises, or walks, he cries. I feel so bad for him while I'm doing PT with him, but am also very worried. The Dr. has given him percocet for the pain, but wants him to be taking 15mg every 4-6 hours. This really worries me, because that is a lot of narcotics for a man who has never used them his whole life. But even with the dosage, he still hurts. I myself have had 2 knee operations (ACL repairs, and a blood clot) but never remember being in this much pain? Is this normal? We have to get some bend in the knee, because 2 weeks post, he is only at 50 degrees, and the PT says we need to get to 90 by week 4. Can anyone relate? Sometimes I feel like everything is fine, its different for everyone, and just takes time. But, he is 2 weeks out, still on heavy narcotics, in tremendous pain, and only has a 50 degree flex. Any comments, info would be helpful. I'm new to this, and I know I'm in for a long haul helping him, but I want to know just how long, I have a life to live too.

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