You are only 3 weeks post-op and using pain meds is acceptable. Are they doing their job when you take them? Is there some reason that a medical person has told you that you shouldn't take them?
A TKR is a big deal surgery and two of them is a double big deal. If you are concerned about the amount of meds you need or if your doc is, please talk to them. I used pain meds for almost 6 weeks until I no longer needed them for my first single TKR. I didn't end up having any problem from their use and my doc wouldn't have given them to me if it wasn't reasonable.
Hang in there, you will recover from pain and have these new knees that give you back all of the parts of your life quite soon. A very wise doc, here at Web MD some 9 years ago said that it takes a full year to recover in every way from a knee replacement and he described different stages of recovery. You will be better sooner than you can believe right now. If you are feeling some depression, talk to your medical doc and deal with that. If this is post-op stuff, communicate it to your surgeon. Get answers and support so you can get your life back. That will happen and I can promise that you will look back on all of this and just be glad that you took this big step. Keep your chin up! SylviaView Thread
I'm so sorry this has happened to you. What are these docs saying is the source of your pain and what are they willing to do to help with that? At the very least, besides continuing physical therapy, you should probably get to see a pain management doctor.
It seems as if going for a second opinion was a good idea--but if your second procedure didn't help, what is that doc recommending. It doesn't sound like repeating surgery is a good idea in their minds, but what have they suggested? It may help you to go back with a list of written questions like this and insist on responses so that you know what can be done.
I am fortunate to have a very good medical team, unlike what I had with my back (a long story). In that situation, I went shopping for a doc I could work with and who would give me care that was helpful. You are a patient, but you are also a consumer and there are many good docs out there who will try everything reasonable and who will give you honest and honorable information along the way. My first suggestion is always to stick with the doc who knows your anatomy and has seen you in surgery, but when that doesn't work, you must move on.
I wish you success in getting relief and the care that will give you that relief. You are worth this effort as unpleasant as it might be. Take care, SylviaView Thread
Hi there, I had my left knee replaced with no issues and then my right knee done and things went crazy. I couldn't stand being touched at all and there was swelling and any number of other issues. Finally, we had to do a MUA in order to get and keep my leg moving and bending. It was a good diagnostic tool for my docs and for me, it told me that my knee could both straighten and bend. I went to PT immediately after the procedure and was going 5 days a week, but my inability to stand being touched really caused the problem.
I had a second MUA with similar results, but this time the manipulation helped to break up scar tissue that had formed. A second ortho was brought in to help out with my issues and recognized it was RSD. After a series of sympathetic nerve blocks in conjunction with immediate PT, we started making progress but by then, the scar tissue was too much to deal with. I needed a second replacement in order to make things function.
The manipulation was not painful or problematic. It gave us information on my knee that we couldn't get any other way and led us to a successful treatment. It was well worth what I and my docs invested in me and I would do it--and all of this again. My knees stayed pain free since then and it has been 9 and 8 years respectively. I got my life back from the torture that my knees had been.
I agree with what the previous writer said--go to your doctor and ask about this. I had my knees replaced and even though I had a lot of serious complications after the second one, this is something I didn't deal with--even after they replaced my replacement. It could be something serious and needs to be looked into before you have an accident. Falling with a new replacement is not a good experience and adds a lot of fear and pain that you don't want.
I wish you the best in resolving this, SylviaView Thread
I haven't posted on WebMD in about 8 years and it sure has changed!! I had my right hip replaced on Dec. 13 (5 wks ago) and healing looks pretty good except I am having a lot of discomfort in my right knee that is keeping me from walking and exercising the way it seems I should be. I had TKRs about 9 years ago and developed RSD on the right causing me to need a second knee replacement before I was functioning. I am worried about this pain, is it a typical part of the healing process with a hip replacement? My PT has went from "monitoring it" to telling me to "talk to my ortho at the next appointment" to sending him a report in the past 3 weeks as it has increased and interfered more and more. It is pretty achy by evening and has started keeping me awake and miserable when I should be asleep. Icing it gives me a bit of relief, but it lasts as long as the ice is keeping it cold. My breakthrough pain meds give me a bit of relief at first. Any thoughts on this? Thanks for giving this your time and for giving me your help!View Thread
I had a TKR in my other knee about 9 1/2 years ago and in my right knee about 9 years ago--then I contracted RSD and complications caused me to need that TKR to be done over. It took time to heal under those circumstances, but I haven't felt pain in my right knee in 8 years. It was like the shock of an old nemesis returning to my world when I felt that pain about 2 weeks after I was post-op from my THR. I believed with all of my heart that it was from moving my leg in a new and different way and all of the other things my PT said, but this pain is intense and I am doing all of the old things all over. I cannot find a position that allows me to sit or stand or rest comfortably. I am limping and weak in that knee--and quite honestly, I came here because I am running out of resources and I remembered all of the support I got here way back when. It is like deja vu or some other bad movie with the old becoming new again. (Did I mention that I really am hating this?)
I went back to work last week--out of necessity as much as anything. I ran out of sick leave about 2 weeks prior to my return and we need my income to support our 8 kids. I wanted to wait until June for the THR, but that awful pain every time I sneezed or yawned or moved anyway suddenly got to be pretty unbearable. Anyway, I am a teacher ( I am the single reading provider in an elementary school of 530 students with a 60% low income population. My serivce is needed desperately.) I see 68 students everyday and it is hard right now--all of this pain is wearing me down. I am working hard on my exercises and I go to the pool every day that I do not have therapy, to "strengthen my quads" above all. Honestly, I don't see this being my need or the answer, but I am giving it all I have because I really don't have anything else at this time.
I appreciate what you have said and I am going to keep up with the exercises. I really love this ortho and I am going to do what he suggested because of that. If this will solve my pain problem, I am going to make it happen. Thanks, SylviaView Thread
I saw my ortho and he x-rayed my knee and checked it out when I went for my 6 week post-op check up. He said that the prosthesis is intact and that there are no pockets of fluid present, so he suggested that I continue working on strengthening my quads.
I truly adore this doctor, but it sure doesn't seem like this is the right solution. I worked out every single day on strengthening, balance and endurance using exercises that I had upgraded periodically by my physical therapist. I really realize now how hard I was working those quads and my other big joints because I cannot do most of them since my surgery. I cannot understand how I would lose all of my muscles and strength after 6 weeks.
I am going to do as he suggested for the next 6 weeks until I see him again. If he is right on target with my needs, I should experience some improvement by then. I will either get to celebrate or we will have to try something else at that point.
This is the best I can do as I struggle with sleep and with my job these days. Thanks to you all, SylviaView Thread
Thanks for your thoughts. I'm a bit taken by this because I haven't felt this horrid pain in a long time and it is a bit scary when I go back to all of the trouble that I had. I had forgotten how awful that time of my life was and this pain is exactly the same--it's almost like deja vu.
I see my ortho on Monday and I will let him address it. I really need for my body to start cooperating and ever since all of that trouble in my knee some ten years ago, I have averaged a couple of orthopedic surgeries and issues a year. Maybe someday soon, my medical folks will figure out why my body is deteriorating like this. My rheumy suspects an auto-immune issue but none of the te bear that out. Anyway, I thought that having replaced knees took care of my problems. I should know by now, that nothing for me is carved in stone.