Thank you for the information. I am not sure why my pain has ceased (or perhaps ceased temporarily).
Bone, joint, and muscle disorders, Healthy Aging, Healthy Living, Women's health issues
I had TKR on my right knee in early 2017. Had all kinds of physical therapy, home, in and out patient; also had a personal trainer which seemed to help more at the time and did some lap swimming once a week or so but not enough to brag about. Still have a stiff knee but a little less. I use a cane but more for balance because of the lack of flexion in the knee. I do walk every day for about 40 minutes (however, not conscious walking; have to walk to and from my office to transportation). I had some pain off and on – also different types of pain – until several weeks ago. The pain was not enough to take pain killers beyond the occasional aspirin though, although it did wake me up at night at times pulsating. During the last 12 months I've lost a large amount of weight; I am still in a medically supervised weight loss program at NYU Medical Center in NYC. I do think losing weight helps. About one year ago I invested in a hot tub which is outdoors and runs 24-7 continuously ($30,000 plus with all that I had to do to support it — concrete patio, exterior lights, 22 Kw generator, etc.); did squats in the hot tub (which sometimes resulted in pain afterwards because I probably squatted too far). I try to get in the tub daily either early in the A.M. (like 3:30 A.M. or after 10:00 P.M. – I commute). i have not returned to surgeon in over 2 years. It is still difficult to put on shoes/boots because of my lack of bend but it is slightly better. On the commuter bus (90+ minutes each way) I try to sit in the rear seat in the aisle whenever I can get it or in an aisle seat so that I can stretch my leg out. I now stand on the subway (easier than having people inadvertently knocking against or stepping on the foot that is swung out for my 15 minute subway ride). I cannot say definitively why the pain has disappeared but will tell you what I've been doing now. Started mixing organic Moringa oleifera leaf powder (1 tiny scoop, about a teaspoon) in my meal replacement protein shakes twice a day. It does not taste great but the vanilla shake masks the taste to a great degree. Since I started taking this (have not discussed this with my medical team yet though) I started noticing less discomfort and actually no pain, and feel I am walking more freely. I just started forcing myself to walk around at home and in my office without the cane. I believe that the Moringa leaf powder is reducing the inflammation. Yes I do have scar tissue but I am sure there was more inflammation before (sometimes my knee appeared swollen to others). You can read up on this on line but the important thing is to purchase it from a good source. I also started drinking matcha green tea (purchased the powder and make it myself). You can also include the powder in cereal, shakes, etc. I eat one or two healthy meals a day (small amount of poultry, fish or meat, broccoli, cautiflower, kale, spinach greens, etc.). However you can read up on this too. I do believe, however, that the Moringa leaf powder has most to do with my feeling better.
Your ROM and extension after only 7 weeks out are good. If you are not feeling unusual discomfort there may be some scar tissue. Your surgeon would be able to advise you on this better than anyone else, in that he can obtain images, etc. If you have a physical therapist, then a therapist would likely be able to make a suggestion as to whether it could be scar tissue.
A friend of mine resides in Las Vegas. She says CBD oil has helped her condition substantially but the CBD oil may contain another ingredient. Don't know for sure at this time. However, I don't think I can readily purchase CBD oil in NYC or PA but am conferring with my friend about how to get some. I think different states have different laws.
Had my TKR in 2017 too. I have scar tissue and my mobility after a manipulation 2 or 3 months after the TKR was only at 65. I did feel numbness for a long time, probably at least for a year. The numbness eventually dissipated but I do still have scar tissue. I have most recently been applying pressure to my knee while using magnesium oil topically. I do this on my bus commute to and from work (which is about 100 miles each way) as well as when I am reclining at home before bed. I have also been sitting in a jetted tub with Epsom salts (magnesium) for about 12 to 15 minutes 1 or 2 times a week and sitting in a hot tub for 30 minute sessions, while flexing and bending my knees about twice a week. After the hot tub, I find my knees more flexible so push myself into squats. Initially this caused a lot of pain and discomfort but I am currently experiencing some minor improvement in terms of slightly less stiffness in the TKR knee and miniscule improvement in mobility (putting on socks and shoes). For the last several days I have been taking one 500 mg Bayer aspirin daily so have not really felt any pain in either knee (I also massage both knees), and the left knee is bone-on-bone. The movement of warm/hot water around the knee joint seems to facilitate being more flexible but you can ask your doctor. My surgeon said the rehab facility where I was for about 15 days did not do the aggressive therapy, so go figure. I have decided no more surgery for me and I stopped physical therapy some time ago. If you can do water aerobics and swim, they are also helpful.
I have never heard of amputation associated with TKRs or revisions. What I can say is that I am glad that I waited to have a TKR as a senior, particularly since I am still dealing with scar tissue more than 2 years later. This is it for me. No more surgeries!