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I'm now 3 months post Tkr. After a month my doctor would not give me any more pain meds. Ibuprofen and Tylenol just don't cut it. As of a week ago I still wasn't sleeping so my regular doctor finally gave me some sleeping meds. FINALLY a good night sleep which is now helping with the healing process. PT finished the end of December. Now I'm working out independently 4 times a week. Full body workout. One day Yoga, 3 days walking and weight lifting. I had to go to a chiro to get my hip back in alignment which has really helped. Now it is only my knee that hurts. I still don't have any feeling on the outside of my knee. Hope that comes back some day. I'm now just taking it one day at a time and happy my knee doesn't hurt quite as bad as before surgery. Good luck to everyone who is on this journey.
[QUOTE=mtb1218;4169964]I'm now 3 months post Tkr. After a month my doctor would not give me any more pain meds. Ibuprofen and Tylenol just don't cut it. As of a week ago I still wasn't sleeping so my regular doctor finally gave me some sleeping meds. FINALLY a good night sleep which is now helping with the healing process. PT finished the end of December. Now I'm working out independently 4 times a week. Full body workout. One day Yoga, 3 days walking and weight lifting. I had to go to a chiro to get my hip back in alignment which has really helped. Now it is only my knee that hurts. I still don't have any feeling on the outside of my knee. Hope that comes back some day. I'm now just taking it one day at a time and happy my knee doesn't hurt quite as bad as before surgery. Good luck to everyone who is on this journey.[/QUOTE]

Three months here too.. as of the 15th. No more therapy for me either.. for what she was doing I can do at home... really really didn't like her. I had my ACL repaired years ago and that PT was brutal.. the therapist really really worked you.. watched everything you did.. this one.. when I got there she said ride the bike for 10 mins. then she would give me some papers with the same exercises that they gave me when I came home from the hospital.. I would do those on my own.. she never even came in the room to see what I was doing.. then she would come in and massage my scar for like five mins. then I would do ice and stim.. (which I also have a stim machine to use at home).. so why go.. I have a gym where I live.. so I have access to a bike.. why should I pay a $30.00 copay for her to do nothing.. it was worthless IMO... granted in the beginning yes.. but I'm doing the same thing I was when I came home from the hospital. Done venting.. but I want to start doing some weight stuff as the only issue I really have is strengthening the knee.. I can walk up stairs really well foot over foot but still need to hold the railing with one hand..

I really need to start making a better effort though at exercising on a daily or every other day basis... the only thing I notice is when I sit too long it's killer getting going.. especially like at work.. or when I get up in the morning.

Sorry about your meds... mine said if I need them he will be more than happy to give them to me because he knows nights are the worst.. so he gives me 50 darvocets at a time.. last time I got them was Dec. 24th and I still have many left... but they are nice to have for those horrible days.

Hope you do well.. we all have our little grrrr's about this surgery but I think six months from now we will all be happy.

So glad to hear how others are doing.. sometimes I think I'm just be paranoid.
[QUOTE=mtb1218;4169964]I'm now 3 months post Tkr. After a month my doctor would not give me any more pain meds. Ibuprofen and Tylenol just don't cut it. As of a week ago I still wasn't sleeping so my regular doctor finally gave me some sleeping meds. FINALLY a good night sleep which is now helping with the healing process. PT finished the end of December. Now I'm working out independently 4 times a week. Full body workout. One day Yoga, 3 days walking and weight lifting. I had to go to a chiro to get my hip back in alignment which has really helped. Now it is only my knee that hurts. I still don't have any feeling on the outside of my knee. Hope that comes back some day. I'm now just taking it one day at a time and happy my knee doesn't hurt quite as bad as before surgery. Good luck to everyone who is on this journey.[/QUOTE]

good job!! my pain before the surgery is gone, have numbness on outside, sweelling comes and goes, doc said to put ace bandage around knee when I am going to be on my knee for a longer time

doc says it could be up to a year or more for the feeling to come back
I check this site out regularly - it gives me hope and comfort. I just don't know if I'm ahead of the curve, behind, or right on, in this healing process. I had my TKR Nov. 17th. My lower back hurts, I have horrible pain on the outside of my knee. I can go up stairs foot over foot with the pain on the outside horrible but I haven't tried to go down yet. I know I'm not ready. I stopped PT and now go to the gym 3 x's a week and ride the bike 30 min. and work out another 20 min. then go in the hot tub for about 15 min. By the time I'm home I'm not feeling as great as I did at the gym. This is the hardest thing I've done! I go to the doc. next Tues. I've been on anti-inflamatories for the last month because I worked too hard for too many days in a row. I'm at 125 (about) and not perfect in straightening. I'll maybe find numbers for sure at the doc. next week. Thanks for all the honesty and info. from this site!
Hi everyone I realy don't know waht to say to all of you, I had my surgery on Jan 28 2010
but I have to say out of the previous 7 surgeries that I had done on my knee including 3 scopes and 2 infections later i have to say that this was the best surgery I had, the doctor give me an epideral that I beleive was the best and used a nerve blocker so I did not feel any pain until the next day at about 9:30 at night, then it realy got sore so they give me morphine for the night and next morning I started taking percassets for the pain, I find that those are the best pill for pain control, the pain has been around 7 - 8 without meds and about a 3 with them, during the day if the pain is bad I will take 2 percs. if not I take 1 I can go usually about six of seven hours without meds, at night I take two percs. and a sleeping pill before going to sleep, that will be good until about 7 or 8 in the morning, then I usually wait about 1 to 2 more hours depending and how bad the pain is, I do all my exsices once a day but might repeat a few of them throughout the day, my wife will massage my leg for about 1/2 an hour, sometimes it realy hurts but its like a feel good hurt, I asked the dr. about the machine and he said that it was no good, the best is body wait excersis, but told me to take my meds 1/2 an hour before doing physio so I would be pain free almost, he also said that if your body is almost pain free it will also heal alot faster, I also told God the day before my surgery that I was leaving everything in His hands since He is the great physician and that no matter the outcome I tottaly trusted Him, so I also was worry free.
I pray that everyone will be able to lead pain free lives once again, whatever happens don't over do it with exsercis, you have to give your knee and the muscles around enough time to recover.
DON'T give up



[QUOTE=beerhunters;4180386]just passed 16 weeks
tell your PT you have to have the CPM, that was a life saver for me, will be at least a month to drive when u go to the outside PT, mucho ice cant use too much

far more pain than I thought it would be, Keniso tape will help with the swelling to reduce it, my insurance would not pay for it, so I did and the PT put it on, it works wonders with the swelling

muscle strength and balance is the things you will need to be able to walk without fear

left hospital at 85 finished PT at 131, ten weeks late, no more than 130 or the joint could be dislocated and will have to have it done again

walking pretty good now, still have swelling, numbness, at about 3 months stopped using cane, when I went out in public took it with me for support in case I lost my balance or someone hit when I was walking, especially around crowds, people shop like they drive, dont pay attention to what is around them

to help straighten leg, hang leg with heel on pillow, do it at least 2 minutes and suffer the pain, leg is suspended in the air

do the stairs as much as you can, dont be in a hurry, but push the limits when you can[/QUOTE]
My computer is really slow tonite so I apologize in advance if this has been posted before - I can't do a search: I'm 3 months post bi-lat TKR (Dec 9th). Was doing really well until I really overdid it 2 weeks ago. Still did some PT 2Xs a week & mostly rested, iced & elevated for 10 days. Just when I was ready to start ramping up I got a terrible head/chest cold with some G.I. stuff. I had a flu shot 3 months ago so don't think that is it. However, I have felt horrible & only able to do home exercises mostly in bed (I think I did 150 heel slides today -- not all at once!!!) My knees feel like they are locking up. I stand up as much as I can - we've had blizzard conditions lately so I did get outside to shovel where the plow can't go. What do others do when they get sick & really can not exercise? I dn't have treadmill or bike here at home and think I might still be contagious so haven't gone out (darling sweet hubby has done shopping & got me some over the counter remedies). I did do some stairs really really carefully but it's not enough. I'm starting to feel like I did when I first had the surgery -- it hurts to stand up, it hurts to walk. I'm probably overreacting and will feel better in a few days & once I start back to working out regularly all will be better but right now: UGH! Thanks again all of you for being here when we need you!





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