I am on mscontin 30mg er and mscontin ir 15 mg one three times a day the other four times a day. still in lots of pain. having another t.k.r tomorrow on other knee. I hope someone can give me hope.
Bless your heart, I know just what you're going through. It is true about the pt, or just doing the exercises on your own. I had my right knee done 3 yrs ago and still suffer pain. Some days more, some less, but I also have bad arthritis in that hip and scar tissue from past artho surgeries on that knee in the past. I even have days I still use a cane in case my hip threatens to send me to the floor! But even on those days when you really hurt, try to do some exercise with that leg, it really will help. Part of your recovery time will depend on how much damage there was before the replacement. After I got to the point where I was walking bone on bone, I thought it certainly couldn't hurt any worse and kept putting off the surgery. Wrong! True, it didn't cause more pain, but I did internal damage to muscles, tissue, ligaments, etc... that I didn't realize.
So it's very smart you're having the other one done now. I truly hope that goes well for you. Keep on that pt. Even though I still have pain, I have complete range of motion in that knee. Don't settle for the limited range that your Dr might say is good enough, you can do better!
Intense PT is what fixes the knees. Walk, walk, walk. Move past the pain and keep those muscles strong. Recovery depends on how hard you work out after the surgery. If you can afford a trainer who specializes in muscle skeletal rehab you would getting excellent results. My sister finally decided to work with one and regained complete knee mobility and zero pain. Until she did that she too had daily pain.
Not exercising continues to atrophy the muscles and makes it far more painful. with the second knee you will redevelop a proper walking cadence and it actually will help you regain your strength. Wishing you a good outcome a swift recovery.
Hello rainrenaye - Welcome and hope you find everything you are looking for here at DC. I want to say that keeping active is very important and even continuing the PT exercises you were given. Do you have other health issues that you are taking this pain medication? Do you have hip issues as well because I thought I had knee issues but it turned out to be my hips. I am recovering from one hip replacement already. It is important to keep active, where good, supportive footwear... keep your weight in check but added weight on any joint makes it worse. I can say too that with the weather changes that my pain level is higher as well. I have other issues though and feel like a weather reporter.
There is hope at the end and you must be proactive in your care. My stepmom has not fared so well because she hasn't taken care of herself. She is morbidly obese and has had a double knee replacement at the same time. I for the life of me cannot figure out why the doctor did that??? She also has had one hip replacement and for her... nothing has helped but she isn't helping herself... I just keep my distance and talk with my father.
Do you do aqua therapy??? That will help you so much! It takes the pressure off your joints but allows you to do exercises in a pool without the stress and strain on your joints. Just a thought.
I wish you well and a smooth recovery... do what you must and continue with a good pt program. Keep your pain managed and follow the good doctor's orders. It takes time to heal, too.
Ok, think about this. A surgeon went in, tore apart your knee, and took it OUT. A structure that was there from birth. They sawed off your knee at two different areas, and then drilled pins, and bolts and all sorts of hardware, foreign substances into the remaining bones to put together a fake knee to keep you walking. Pretty rough, huh? How big is the scar, does that give you an idea of what you went through?? Also, how old are you? Unfortunately, the older you get, the harder it is to get over the surgery. Also, it depends on the physical shape that you were in also. It can take a while. You have to give it a chance,and everybody is right, you have to strengthen the muscles that hold your knees together, so that they take a big part of the pressure off of your new knee. that is why physical therapy is so imperative. Some people have no pain afterwards, some develop arthritis and have pain. It's not your knee that hurts anymore though because you don't have one.
It's the insult to your leg, and bones, that you have to recover from. Ask your doctor about this. they wouldn't have you on this type of pain meds, if they didn't know that the pain was a big problem.
Best of luck to you!!
My consultant told me I needed my knee to be replaced as I was bone on bone at my knee joint, I had my knee replaced 26th January 2015, it's now May 11th 2015, I have to use two sticks when I get up in the night or first thing in the morning, then after a while I can use one stick, my leg will not straighten despite being put under anaesthetic to have it straightened.
Due to muscel cramps I spend most nights awake in pain, the knee itself gets burnning hot and therefore I have to keep applying ice packs to cool it down, I am in the building trade and was semi retired, but this has ruined my life, I can't see myself ever being able to work again or walk without a stick, every morning my knee is a stiff as a board, I was meant to have my other knee replaced, but needless to say I'm not having it done now, my consultant say's it's not uncommon for people to suffer the way I am, I only wish he had told me what to expect before the op, if he had of done I would have put up with the Arthritis pain, has anyone else had such problems ? if so, how are you dealing with it, have you found anything that has help reduce the problems ?
I had my surgery on right knee 9/12/2012 and my left knee 10/30/2012. The knee joint is awesome. No pain anymore there. However, I've suffered with constant pain and swelling in tissue around both knees, especially the left one, ever since the surgery. I've been taking Aleve but now I'm having reactions to it. I'm not sure what to take to relieve the pain. I can't stand still because the knees begin feeling like I have steel bands wrapped tightly around them. I can't sit on most chairs because I get the same pain results. It's very frustrating. I can't be on them for a long period of time. I've started swimming lately and have noticed it helps somewhat. There's a few people I swim with that have the same problem. One lady is 8 years out from her surgery and is worse than me. I don't know what to take for the pain now that I can't handle NSAIDS. Any suggestions? Is there any hope that this problem will eventually go away?
I had my partial knee replacement in 2012. I have pain stooping, kneeling, and even more difficulty trying to stand. After my surgeon said that he had a 40 something tear old construction worker ready to go back out to work 3 weeks post surgery, and the doctor compared myself to him. But I am in continuous pain upon any regular physical exercise on my replaced knee.
I am just wondering what can be done. Have you heard of any ideas besides "lose weight"?
My mom had TKR at my urging. She did everything perfect PT, walking, all of it just as she was told. That was about 5 years now and her knee has never quit swelling or hurting, it is worse than it was before. I feel so bad, now she can barely stand on it. No one knows why. Every X-ray shows it to be fine. Now she has Alzheimer's and freaking medicare won't continue PT because she says it hurts and doesn't like the pain. So they dismiss her for not cooperating! Duh- she no longer understands that to be able use it at all she needs PT and it's going to hurt bad until she gets some strength back in her leg. I let the doctor convince me that if she didn't get it fixed her knee would give out and she would break a hip. I am furious. Her independence has been stripped from her and that has made her so depressed. I would suggest PRP injections which of course insurance companies still call experimental so they don't have to pay.
TKR is the biggest medicare fraud out there. I would never recommend it for a loved one. Check out PRP, which is platelet rich plasma injections from your own blood. Expensive, but success us phenomenal!
I had left TKR 9/27/16 and have been doing physical therapy for the past 6 weeks. I have severe osteo arthritis in both knees and it was so painful I could barely walk or get around. I still have a lot of stiffness and some pain, almost as if I never had the surgery. I've read many of the responses here and it all seems to come down to doing the physical therapy and exercises at home, which I am doing. I also have some numbness on one side of my left knee and also have some swelling in back of my knees (Bakers cysts) which press on nerves and tendons which are painful. It's better painwise than before I had the surgery, but I find the replacement clicks sometimes and the pain seems worse when it's humid or damp outside. Also sleeping at night is a problem because I have a burning pain in my knee. I was planning to have the right knee done within the next 2 months, but the recovery time for the left is taking longer than I expected. I wish there was an easier way!!
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