post knee replacement pain
Andie

Spanaway, WA

#1130 Jun 9, 2011
mike wrote:
i'm 48 and 4 wks post-op tkr with the depuy sigma fixed (as opposed to rotational joint)and am experiencing the same symptoms as dale. Can't sleep and pain is constant> Anyone else had the same problem who can advise if they have had a positive outcome from this? I know it is early days but i am a bit worried.
I am 62 and 6 weeks post op. I still have pain, but it is easing. I can sleep all night without waking up for meds. I go to Physical Therapy twice a week. I am regaining strength, but with increased pain on exercise. I am walking without a cane and can stand and walk for short periods. I was told it could take a year to recover completely. I am working hard to get full range of motion back. It is very painful to bend the knee though. Good luck to all.
smalls

Philadelphia, PA

#1131 Jun 9, 2011
I'm 43 yrs old and had bilateral TKR 13 months ago. I'm frustrated because I'm still in pain - right greater than left. I'm still taking NSAIDS and icing my knees... saw my doctor today, he's sending me back to PT, claims the quads are the answer - got to get them strenghtened... so back to PT...
Generosa

New York, NY

#1132 Jun 10, 2011
I am now 9 months+ post surgery and the knee is hurting. I have an appointment to see the surgeon at the end of this month. Very disappointed in the outcome of this surgery. I really thought I would be "good as new" after a few months.
Barb

AOL

#1133 Jun 10, 2011
Nine months is nothing. I am at 1½ years and still have constant pain and now the other knee needs the same thing done. I've had oodles of PT and still do, had water therapy which did nothing, see a chiropractor for my back and a neuromuscular message therapist and am still miserable all of the time. I do believe I am stuck with this pain for the rest of my life. X-rays show all to be fine. Well, they are not fine with me. I have joined a fitness club and go there and ride the incumbent bike 30 minutes on the days I'm not in PT and have tried using the hot tub also. The pool water there is for swimming and so too cold for doing exercises in. The place I went for water therapy has the perfect temp for exercising, but is fairly far from me plus there are just certain hours it can be used for on your own. As is I spend too much time and money on these other things that are not covered by insurance so going there would just be more time and expense.
Syzygy

Meansville, GA

#1134 Jun 12, 2011
Johnny O wrote:
Are there any good stories about TKR? I am at a cross roads, pills get me up and around with some pain relief. I am limited in my walking, what to do?
I am 62 years old. I have had both knees replaced. The first due to a continuing problem from a college sports injury. The second due a fall that caused the joint to start to dissolve. I couldn't believe the pain relief I got when I was 51 and so when it was an option again at 56 I decided not to wait for it to get worse. I was walking without crutches in both cases within 3 days and though the rehab can be a little tough if you're very pain sensitive, I was walking and riding a bike within a couple weeks with no problem. The main key to recovery is always your attitude. No replacement surgery will leave you the way you were when you were 30, but it's so much relief not to have the soreness and swelling and cortisone etc.
Antoinette

Auckland, New Zealand

#1135 Jun 13, 2011
I had a total left knee replacement 12th April 2011 following a failed arthroscopic repair in the previous October.
On a scale of one to ten, my pain levels were a consistent twenty in the days and weeks after surgery, in spite of huge doses of morphine.
I have never known such misery, however, I am finally improving and starting to wean off the morphine....all because I have pushed myself to exercise and to use an exercycle.
Shelly

United States

#1136 Jun 13, 2011
I am 63 year old women, I had a knee replacement on may 26 2010, on Aug.16 my knee was taken out because of staph infection, and on Dec. 6 a new knee was put on.
I was OK for few month post the surgery and 3-4 weeks ago I start having this strong pain on the knee and on the back of my knee, I can hardly walk and I even had to put back my toilet racer, I can't get in and out my car also, and after i seat 5 or 10 minutes it takes me sometime to start walking, I am also back on taking pain killers every day.
If you had any experience like this please advise.
Sue Clark Feb 28 2011

AOL

#1137 Jun 14, 2011
Thank God, so far I am doing fine. I havent got my strength back all the way yet, and sometimes I still use a cane, but in the house I walk cane free and pain free.
Brenda

AOL

#1138 Jun 14, 2011
Good grief wrote:
These comments are making me nervous. My mother is having knee replacement surgery in a couple of months. I think she believes it's going to be a *snap*--I keep warning her it's a long road to recovery.
If I was your Mother, I would run for my life. I would NOT have it done. Mine is going into the 11th month and I am still having trouble. Before the dr did my knee. He smiled and said it hurt really bad but in 6 months you will be glad you did it. Well Its been 11 month. I wish I had never had it done. I think the doctors are just in it for the money. There have been to many horrow reports instead of good reports. I have almost had a nervous break down over it. After the dr. does it, he doesn't want to help you. When you go for a 2nd opinion around here, each dr agrees with the other so you are doomed.
danny with knee pain

Melbourne, FL

#1139 Jun 14, 2011
i have reach the end of my rope dont go to james brain he got his money n dont give a dam or what im going thur i got a leyer n thats what the rest of u should do i cant sleep r walk very far at all its hell
Barb

AOL

#1140 Jun 15, 2011
I am in the same boat as the rest of you. But I do believe there are many people that get along quite well and are happy they have had this surgery. I'm not one of them as it has been well over a yer and a half and I still have many problems and constant pain. But we are not hearing here on the board about those that did well. Seems we hear from just those of us that are having trouble.
And now I know my othe knee is going to need a TKR. I had a shot, but this one did not do much as the others did help and lasted several months.
I don't know which way to turn and am very frustrated that I can't do the things I am used to doing and I spend too much time being a couch potato which is the worst thing one can do.
Shirley

Ransom, PA

#1141 Jun 15, 2011
Barb, I agree that there are thousands who had good luck w/ TKR. I had both done at the same time and tho I wouldn't recommend that a/c the pain is quadrupled when you don't have one decent leg to lean on as you struggle to heal, I DID have good luck, no swelling, good physical therapy, good range of motion after 2 months and for the last 6 years, it was a godsend to me after 8 years of pain.

I now have patella pain, am going to put up w/ it since revision surgery doesn't seem to be successful most times. Patella pain occurs, climbing stairs, getting up from a chair etc. My surgeon, Dr. Rothman in Phila. doesn't believe it will get worse and I hope he's right. It's tolerable and since I'm 76 I'll take that. If I had read this forum before I had my knees replaced I would not have done it. We need some balance here and I wish we heard from successes and as i've said before, I wish Orthopedic surgeons would weigh in too.
Barb wrote:
I am in the same boat as the rest of you. But I do believe there are many people that get along quite well and are happy they have had this surgery. I'm not one of them as it has been well over a yer and a half and I still have many problems and constant pain. But we are not hearing here on the board about those that did well. Seems we hear from just those of us that are having trouble.
And now I know my othe knee is going to need a TKR. I had a shot, but this one did not do much as the others did help and lasted several months.
I don't know which way to turn and am very frustrated that I can't do the things I am used to doing and I spend too much time being a couch potato which is the worst thing one can do.
oldsoldier

New York, NY

#1142 Jun 21, 2011
Generosa wrote:
I am now 9 months+ post surgery and the knee is hurting. I have an appointment to see the surgeon at the end of this month. Very disappointed in the outcome of this surgery. I really thought I would be "good as new" after a few months.
Hey Generosa - I haven't read this thread in a while...saw that you are in Elmhurst. Go see Dr. Jose Rodriguez in the city. The best...if anyone will fix it, he'll do it. Had mine done 2 1/2 years ago and doing great. Took a year + to get real good but now I am as good as new. Old bone...like to hike and the outdoors...was skiing in the Catskills, ride a bike, can hike 15 miles, on my feet all day...very little pain. Muscels are back...gate is straight and balanced. Go see him...he's an old soldier himself - fantastic guy! Good luck!
yemisi

Crown Point, IN

#1143 Jun 23, 2011
Walt wrote:
I'm a 72 year old male. Had total replacement of the right knee in 2004. 6 months thereafter the pain was very severe. Consult with the surgeon indicated that the anchor for the patella had broken and needed repairing. Selected a new surgeon who was highly esteemed in the field. Based on his recommendation. Had revision surgery which totally replaced the same knee. During post op comnsultation several months later, it was discovered that the knee cap had necrified (died) and was breaking up. I get around but with some difficulty. The knee is constantluy swollen and stiff. Pain is my constant companion. Is their anyone else with similar problems. What are your doctors recommendations. How are you coping with it.
I am 62 yrs old and had Bilateral total knee replacement in 2007,I have been having pain in both knees since then but the right knee is worst, had complained, had it cleaned and released surgically, started getting cortisone injections peroidically but the pain is getting worst day by day and I am getting frustrated. I can not take most of the arthritis pain medication because I am allergic to all aspirin based pain medications.
Krissy

Cedar Falls, IA

#1144 Jun 23, 2011
Barb wrote:
Nine months is nothing. I am at 1½ years and still have constant pain and now the other knee needs the same thing done. I've had oodles of PT and still do, had water therapy which did nothing, see a chiropractor for my back and a neuromuscular message therapist and am still miserable all of the time. I do believe I am stuck with this pain for the rest of my life. X-rays show all to be fine. Well, they are not fine with me. I have joined a fitness club and go there and ride the incumbent bike 30 minutes on the days I'm not in PT and have tried using the hot tub also. The pool water there is for swimming and so too cold for doing exercises in. The place I went for water therapy has the perfect temp for exercising, but is fairly far from me plus there are just certain hours it can be used for on your own. As is I spend too much time and money on these other things that are not covered by insurance so going there would just be more time and expense.
Barb, I am experiencing the same things your are. I am now 2 yrs and 4 months out from TKR. I have had two manipulations, a scope and a host of other tests-EMG, test for metal allergies-had shots and therapy now for over two years but still the pain. Just seven months ago, doctor decided to go back in and possibly replace the spacer with a thinner one. It made the knee too instable so he left the original in. While in there he cut out so much scar tissue from behind the kneecap along the sides of the knee and behind the knee. But unfortunately the pain never left and the last couple months the pain has been getting worse. It is in the shape of an 'H' which leads me to believe it is scarring issues AGAIN. I have seen two other doctors, I have done chiro, PT, acupuncture and today I made an appt with a therapist that is certified in a technique called ASTYM that works the scar tissue. I pray this will bring me some relief. Because I, like you, cant live like this. I am only 52
Janice

Gardendale, AL

#1145 Jun 23, 2011
I want to balance the scale a little. I had RTKR on 3/28/11 and LTKR on 6/13/11. I came home today after a week of inpatient rehab. I am amazed at how well I have done with both surgeries. I couldn't be more pleased. The pain,except for the day of surgery, has been almost non-existent ..nothing compared to the pain I had even the day before the surgery. I can walk without a walker or cane. I have taken very little pain med and usually only to help sleep. I had almost 0 extension and had 90 flex before leaving the hospital. There are successes out there!
lean

Lady Lake, FL

#1146 Jun 25, 2011
I had my knee replacement 1and1/2 years ago and i still have very bad knee pain. it really hurt when i do my house work or walk around in wal-mart to do my shopping Now the Dr think he has to go back in if he do this will be the 3nd time in a year and half. so wish mw luck.
Liz from Atlanta

Acworth, GA

#1147 Jun 25, 2011
I am 8 months post op and my knee cap hurts terribly. I hop when I walk. My doctor says that I should give it a year; it will get better. I think this is terrible. I thought I would feel much better by this time. I had 5 months Physical therapy, I do stretches, etc
Tammy E - Arizona

Mesa, AZ

#1148 Jun 25, 2011
Liz from Atlanta wrote:
I am 8 months post op and my knee cap hurts terribly. I hop when I walk. My doctor says that I should give it a year; it will get better. I think this is terrible. I thought I would feel much better by this time. I had 5 months Physical therapy, I do stretches, etc
Liz,
I would find another doctor and get a second opinion. This is not typical and sounds like there could be a problem with how the material was attached to the back-side of your patella. I'm 4 months post-op from TKR and have not had any such pain. I had the back-side of my patella scraped and material bonded onto it as part of my TKR and have had no trouble at all with my knee cap. When you find another doctor, ask him to take x-rays of your knee in several positions to determine if the material is still bonded and if it was correctly placed behind your patella.
Tammy E - Arizona

Mesa, AZ

#1149 Jun 25, 2011
lean wrote:
I had my knee replacement 1and1/2 years ago and i still have very bad knee pain. it really hurt when i do my house work or walk around in wal-mart to do my shopping Now the Dr think he has to go back in if he do this will be the 3nd time in a year and half. so wish mw luck.
I wish you loads of luck. After this surgery, I highly recommend you do at least 4 months of physical therapy. Getting the muscles in shape and tendons stretched out as much as possible will help you in the long run. Many people only do 1-2 months of physical therapy and are satisfied with 120 degree bend in the knee. With limited range of motion, you are more likely to have pain with walking, standing and doing housework. I had my TKR 4 months ago and I am still doing physical therapy with a therapist. I currently can bend my knee 142 degrees and intend to continue therapy until I have full range of motion (148 degrees for me). Stretching is so important to do on a daily basis. Good luck to you.

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