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I had myTKR on Feb 16th. It is not what I expected. I had a great deal of pain when they took me off the morphine after 12 hrs and put me on oral meds. They went through a load of meds before they found one that worked. They sent me to PT where I went into a crying jag. I was transfered to a rehab facility where I got PT & OT for a total of 3 hrs aday. After 5 days I was sent home and a therapist came to my home twice a week for thereapy and protine tests. After 2 weeks I began going to a out patient PT facility. I have completed on week there and when I am feeling whinny they pretty much look at me like I am crazy. I know we all heal at different rates but its hard not to be frustrated by this process. At my one month point I can walk with a limp, can take the stairs one at a time and have an 80 degree bend. That has not improved in 2 weeks. I am constantly moving my knee, massaging the scar and stretching the thigh muscles. They all seem very tight and on the verge of a charlie horse. My outer thigh goes cold and pins & needles when I lay down. I've developed a feeling of cold further down my leg just about mid calf.
I am taking only Ibuprophen & Tylenol for pain and inflamation. I still have difficulty going to the bathroom. I only have a few more days of taking coumadin for which I am glad. But I still have calf pain when I sleep.
[QUOTE=mzfitz40;4203953]I had myTKR on Feb 16th. It is not what I expected. I had a great deal of pain when they took me off the morphine after 12 hrs and put me on oral meds. They went through a load of meds before they found one that worked. They sent me to PT where I went into a crying jag. I was transfered to a rehab facility where I got PT & OT for a total of 3 hrs aday. After 5 days I was sent home and a therapist came to my home twice a week for thereapy and protine tests. After 2 weeks I began going to a out patient PT facility. I have completed on week there and when I am feeling whinny they pretty much look at me like I am crazy. I know we all heal at different rates but its hard not to be frustrated by this process. At my one month point I can walk with a limp, can take the stairs one at a time and have an 80 degree bend. That has not improved in 2 weeks. I am constantly moving my knee, massaging the scar and stretching the thigh muscles. They all seem very tight and on the verge of a charlie horse. My outer thigh goes cold and pins & needles when I lay down. I've developed a feeling of cold further down my leg just about mid calf.
I am taking only Ibuprophen & Tylenol for pain and inflamation. I still have difficulty going to the bathroom. I only have a few more days of taking coumadin for which I am glad. But I still have calf pain when I sleep.[/QUOTE]

You need to get back on prescription pain meds.
[QUOTE=mzfitz40;4203953]I had myTKR on Feb 16th. It is not what I expected. I had a great deal of pain when they took me off the morphine after 12 hrs and put me on oral meds. They went through a load of meds before they found one that worked. They sent me to PT where I went into a crying jag. I was transfered to a rehab facility where I got PT & OT for a total of 3 hrs aday. After 5 days I was sent home and a therapist came to my home twice a week for thereapy and protine tests. After 2 weeks I began going to a out patient PT facility. I have completed on week there and when I am feeling whinny they pretty much look at me like I am crazy. I know we all heal at different rates but its hard not to be frustrated by this process. At my one month point I can walk with a limp, can take the stairs one at a time and have an 80 degree bend. That has not improved in 2 weeks. I am constantly moving my knee, massaging the scar and stretching the thigh muscles. They all seem very tight and on the verge of a charlie horse. My outer thigh goes cold and pins & needles when I lay down. I've developed a feeling of cold further down my leg just about mid calf.
I am taking only Ibuprophen & Tylenol for pain and inflamation. I still have difficulty going to the bathroom. I only have a few more days of taking coumadin for which I am glad. But I still have calf pain when I sleep.[/QUOTE]

Yes, you need more meds. The surgeon is the place to go.

The hospital I was in gave a booklet of exercises to do an at what time. PT started in the hospital the 1st day after surgery at JOINT CAMP.(A group of people in the same boat.) That really helped.

The first was and still is sitting in the recliner with a cookie sheet under my foot and leg. It makes sliding the foot to bend the knee a lot easier. At first I used a towel or belt to help me slide the foot up toward my body. Then it gets easier and you can do it without the towel. This is done about 20 times three times per day.

There are a lot of other exercises that were recommended. I did all of them religiously and was very lucky to progress rapidly.

If you have a place to get water therapy, that may help you.

Good luck. ( I am 90 days out and doing very well.)





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