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1 day ago · Severe Pain after 2nd TKR in Joint Replacements

@contentandwell My goal is to get to the point where I no longer need the Lyrica or pain meds. I wasn't thrilled about taking the Lyrica, but for now it is the only way I can get the range of motion back in m knee. It has also allowed me to cut way back on pain meds. I have to admit my therapist is awesome!! In the past few years, I have fallen apart and have needed therapy. I have been seeing the same PT for about 2 and a half years now. I trust him when he is working on my knee. I know that if I get to the point of agony he will stop and try something new. At one point he did tell me that therapy did not have to be agonizing, that there were many other options to try. The water therapist has been great, as well. There are 2 patients with the therapist and her assistant. I get one on one attention the entire time I am there. I am sorry you had a bad experience.

1 day ago · Severe Pain after 2nd TKR in Joint Replacements

Hi! @harley105. I have just had my second TKR and what you are describing is very similar to what I felt with the first TKR. I had my right TKR in May of 2018 and it took about a year for the pain and zinging to ease up. In October or 2018 I had to have major shoulder surgery as well, which meant I had to rely more on my knees to get in and out of bed. That was a bit uncomfortable. At 9 weeks you are still early in the process of healing. Have you tried loose fitting athletic pants. At home I tend to wear shorts because they are more comfortable. The pain you are describing will subside eventually. I have a small area on my right knee that is still numb and that may be permanent. It no longer bothers me. Kneeling, I am not sure will ever be the same. I got a small yoga pad, which is shaped like a small square. it cushions my right knee when I have to kneel down to get something out of the cabinet or get down on the floor. I hope the zinging pains ease up soon. I am now recovering from my second TKR on my left knee and have been in a lot of pain from the nerves. The doctor prescribed Lyrica for me, which has helped me to get through my therapy and to make the pain tolerable. You may want to ask your doctor if that is an option until the nerve pain eases up a bit. I hope that you feel better soon. One thing I can honestly say is that even though a TKR is painful, the stability that I have in my knee now has been worth it. The reason I had to have shoulder surgery was because of a fall when my knee gave out. I wish you well! Keep us updated.

4 days ago · Severe Pain after 2nd TKR in Joint Replacements

I spoke with my PT and my doctor. I am taking Lyrica, for nerve pain, along with my pain meds and it has made a huge difference!! The pain is now tolerable. I have even been able to go longer before I need pain meds. The PT has been focusing on the hamstring tendon in the back og my knee. Because the pain is tolerable, he has been able to do more in therapy. Then I come home exhausted. 🙂 Even though I was told each TKR is different, I expected this one to be like the other knee. The front of my nee is still very tender and I believe the nerves are healing slower than they did on the other knee. I am not looking forward to when we have to focus on bending the knee. I am also going to be starting water therapy soon and am hoping to start bending the knee in the water where it will be more comfortable. I can keep you posted on how it goes from here.

Sun, Sep 8 10:31pm · Severe Pain after 2nd TKR in Joint Replacements

@babette I have a really good PT. He watches my face really closely to see when I have had enough. He noticed that I was having more trouble withthis knee as well. I feel like their is a lot of fluid behind my knee and am wondering if I need that drained. It seems to be keeping me from bending as far as I would like. Being checked for an infection is a good idea. Although there is no redness or major swelling. I will be making a call tomorrow. Thanks for your input!

Sun, Sep 8 1:58pm · Severe Pain after 2nd TKR in Joint Replacements

I had a right TKR in May of 2018 and it was painful, but tolerable. Physical Therapy seemed to go fairly smoothly. In August of 2019, I had my left TKR and am having a horrible time controlling the pain and Physical therapy is not going near as smoothly. I went to PT last Friday and was in extreme pain afterward. I was up all night. I had sharp pains inside the wound, extreme sensitivity to touch on the inside of my knee, what felt like spasms in the back of the knee and the knee was very sensitive to anything touching it. I had to keep it still and iced all day Saturday in order to get the pain under control. I know I need to do my exercises, but am afraid of triggering the pain again. I have heard that no 2 knee replacements are the same, but this one seems to be really bad. Is this normal? I have to find a happy medium when doing physical therapy. Any thoughts or suggestions?

Sat, May 18 9:34pm · Recovery from Multiple Surgeries in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I have OA and both knees were in bad shape. I had a right TKR last May 2018 and recovery from that went well.In August 2018, I fell because of my weak left knee. I then had to have shoulder surgery in October 2018 to repair a torn bicep and 3 torn tendons in my right shoulder. I found that recovery to be much more painful and I still have pain in my bicep muscle. I scheduled my left TKR for this coming August 2019. Then I took another fall as I was walking down the stairs in March 2019. My weak left knee gave out again and I ended up jamming my shoulder into my neck, which I am in physical therapy for, at the moment. (My insurance only allows me to work on one body part at a time in PT.) I also have two partially torn rotator cuffs in my left shoulder as a result of that fall. The shoulder surgeon says that the tears will not heal and that I need to have surgery to repair them after my left TKR. So, in less than a year and a half, I will have had 3 major surgeries and a 4th within two years. Needless to say, this has taken a toll on my body. I am anemic, have a B12 deficiency, tire very easily, and see a pain management doctor for chronic pain. I have also signed up for a low impact water class, that helps with range of motion, strengthening, and balance which really wears me out and leaves me sore. I have several questions. Has anyone else had this many surgeries in such a short period of time and will I ever fully heal after all that. I have been out of work for over a year and am working on getting disability.I was turned down and have just gotten a lawyer. I am on long term leave of absence from work. My shoulder surgeon wrote me a note saying "no full work duty until further evaluation." Work wants to know when my next appointment is and I don't have one, because I have to wait until I have my knee surgery. How do I give work an answer to that question? It is also just me and I have had to rely a lot on friends for help. Friends were awesome the first surgery, less enthusiastic the second surgery, and now it is to the point I don't want people to ask how I am because there is too much going on and I am getting embarrassed to give any other answer than "fine." I am getting to a point where I feel like I have no one to talk to that understands and am a touch overwhelmed.

Sat, May 18 8:45pm · Dental Antibiotics after TKR in Joint Replacements

Hi @doodles418 I had my right TKR last May and my surgeon made it very clear that I would have to take an antibiotic before any dental procedure for the rest of my life. He even sent instructions to my dentist. I take 2000 mgs of amoxicillin an hour before my appointments.

Sun, Mar 17 9:00pm · Average level of pain after TKR? in Joint Replacements

@ellerbracke I am 10 months out of my TKR and the nerves are still healing, which I am told is normal. My knee gets stiff. I also need to have my let knee replaced which has thrown my gait off and I have all sorts of aches and pains. Compared to the pain during recovery, this is tolerable. I do want to quote my PT. I was talking about being stiff one day this past winter and he said "You are now a walking barometer." The new knee will never feel like the original knee when it was at it's prime, but I can tell a difference in the stability. After falling more times than I can count in the past few years, I just want to be stable on my feet. Falling after 30 hurts a lot more! 😀 It has changed my lifestyle quite a bit. I used to be on my feet at work all day going top speed, non-stop. I am no longer able to do that. I have had to slow down my pace.