... better? Wishing I had not done this…
She is correct. This can be a painful surgery but the worst thing you can do is to sit around! Do your physical therapy exercises several times a day. The more you do the better that knee will feel! Walk as much as you can! This will get better but not if you dont do your part! Are you taking your pain medicine or some Tylenol regularly? Before you exercise or do therapy you need pain medicine, be that it is your opioid, or if you dont need that strong a medicine, take 2 Tylenol. It wont hurt you to take Tylenol regularly around the clock for a few weeks to even a couple more months. It can take 6 months to a year to truly fully recover but that doesnt mean you will be miserable that long IF you get up and walk and move around. It WILL be painful at first and that's why you should take pain medicine whether you like to or not! You have to PUSH through that pain! The biggest mistake people can make is to not take their pain meds and to not get exercise. Once you get stronger, you will be glad you did this! The pain in that knee should get a lot better than it was before surgery! 4 weeks is still early in and it will get better! I mean think about it-they cut your knee joint out and hammered metal into the bone to replace that joint! It is bound to hurt for a while. They manipulated all those muscles and tendons so you must make them strong again before it will feel like it is a part of you! Some people seem to breeze through this surgery and others take longer so dont measure yourself by anyone else's progress either!
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