Had bilateral TKR in February and May 2013 on my left and right knee respectively. Have struggled with pain management following my surgeons decision to take me off my morphine, which resulted in an emergency admission and seven days in another hospital, within one day of returning home from surgery. Whilst my overall knee pain has declined significantly, at night I wake up after about three hours in absolute agony from the acute, stabbing like pain in the inside of both knees. Having micro surgery on November 5th 2014 on my right knee to remove any remaining cartilage that might be rubbing against the new knee joint. If successful, I will have similar operation on my left knee. Just wondered whether other people have experienced similar problems. I am 63 years young and try to walk from anywhere between three to eight miles every day. I am still on 40mgs of morphine (down from 140 msg) and 600 msg of Gabapentin (down from 2700) but struggle to reduce the medication below these quantities. Also on Duloxetine (60mg)
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It’s so good to hear everyone’s experience. I had my tkr last December and have terrible stiffness, like a band around my knee. My therapist tells me he’s never seen such a tight knee (ROM 5 to 65) and he is so negative at times that I have become quite depressed. I honestly thought I was the only person to have such pain and stiffness. However, the stories on this site show me others have had problems, and that I’m not on my own. Thank you so much for sharing. Never underestimate the power of a good old moan to people who might just understand what you are going through.
Just thought I’d pass on something that has helped me recently. My leg gets tighter and tighter at times – I’m sure you are all familiar with the sensation of having a very tight strap being pulled within your knee. I’ve had a few sessions of something called Rolfing, which is a physical manipulation of the fascia in the muscles, and it has really helped. Areas that were hard and stiff to the touch have really loosened up. However, it is the positive attitude of the Rolfer that helps. She works by constantly focusing on the small positive changes that are happening and keeps me in the here and now. Before this I was almost obsessing on how limited I am etc etc! So, in short, it has helped my motivation as well as my knee. She also looks at my posture, stance and balance, and this helps too. My physio tends to just focus on the knee. Feeling much more positive about my bodies ability to heal now – and I cry less too!
I am also grateful for these blogs. 11 week mark today … I am still needing pain meds. Back to work next week … Should be okay … I have retreated to heat rather than ice . It seems more soothing and physio is fine by that. Cant use bike of any kind .. Surgeon said swin and walk. In recent x-ray noticed 30 degree tibial bend …. Ahhh … Not just crazy knees…. I am going with .. It is what it is and oribably will pass and if i need pain meds florva year .. At least i can walk better than before even though the pain is actually about the same or worse at the moment! I get 5 to 6 hours sleep, wake with a bang have a hot flush, sweat then pain… Although it seems to settle with heat and one tablet … And then sometimes i get back to sleep. At least my brain feels like it s working now .. It took about 9 weeks for that to happen! Good luck with the journey everyone
I had left tkr on June 11, 2012 and 7 months later still have pain and swelling in my leg. Some days, it feels like I have a tight band around my knee. I experience pain in the bottom of my thigh and the outside of my calf. I have localized swelling in my calf opposite the knee. I sometimes get a jolting or shockig pain in the knee area. I was at a 120 degree bend 3 weeks after surgery. After two weeks of rehab, I had to stop going because I had so much pain in my hip joints. I think PT was too agressive with the squats they had me doing. Went to a chiropractor to get some relief from the hip pain. I wasn’t able to stand for more than 15 minutes at a time because of my knee pain, but that has improved the last month. I still have pain in the hips though. I can only sleep on my right side because of pain in the knee during the night and the hips. I take Aleve before going to bed and that lasts about 4 hours, then the hip pain and knee pain keep me awake and I just doze for the next four hours. The surgeon told me at my 6 mos. checkup that I could have pain and swelling up to a year after surgery. He said my x-ray of the knee looked great. Like everyone else, no one ever mentioned that I would be this uncomfortable for this long. Incidentally, I was not able to take any painkillers since right after my surgery (made me nauseated) so I survived on Tylenol. I must admit that the pain has finally lessened in the past month. Ironically, the pain subsides in my hips after getting up in the morning. I don’t need hip replacement. Thanks for listening to my tale of woe. It was great reading that I am not the only one going through these things. I will be 75 next month and like some of you was not able to exercise because of my knee and didn’t get around very good. Good luck to everyone with their reuperation. I keep waiting for the one year mark tht the dr. promised.
Hi nancy,i had tkr 5 months ago as well and am now experiencing the same as you in my left knee,i have an appt in 2 weeks with the surgion,i thought that it was from over working it on climbing stairs and squats,other than that it is doing well for walking long distances,i didnt bother going to pt and now im not sure what i should or shouldnt be doing at this stage,was thinking of going to pt now.I am 74
Hi, I am glad I found this website. I thought I was the only one that was having the problems mentioned in this blog. I to cry a lot I find it uncontrollable at times and over the littlest things. I change position in bed at least every 20 minutes is driving me nuts. Around the 8th week my sister had to take me to the ER I was making lunch and went to move and could not put any weight on my leg. I had to have the walk just to get back to the couch after a few hours of the pain getting worse and worse I called her and she took me to ER. At first I thought I had a blood clot, but it turned out to be a bakers cysts behind my knee. I am still having pain in my leg and knee. My surgery was November 29. 2012
I had staged bilateral TKR in September 2012 (10 days apart). I am back to belly dancing, doing Zumba, hiking for miles, and just did five LONG days at Disney World. It was a tough recovery for me for about six weeks because I felt like I had ants crawling under my skin. (I still have some numbness, but the area is decreasing slowly.) Once the ants calmed down, things progressed pretty well. I have excellent bending and straightening, no stiffness, and am generally pain free, although once in awhile I will get a pain on the inside of my right knee. It bothered me in the night last night a bit, in fact. I have no problem going down any steps, and am getting better at 8″ steps (anything lower is no problem). Getting up from a chair or commode without using my hands is getting better, too. The more I dance, the better my quads are getting as they were really atrophied after nearly a decade of needing TKR. My doc thinks I’m doing really well with my exercise activities and progress, so I am assuming that it’ll eventually work itself out over time. Tylenol here and there relieves most of the time. If this is the worst I have to live with, I can take it. I still think it will improve, however. Best thing I ever did for myself besides a gastric bypass. 🙂