alwysbisy, oh my gosh! It's only been 5 months since a bilateral TKR and you've already had TWO(2) manipulations along with your other problems!?! Bless your heart! I would FOR SURE keep up with EVERYTHING that is/has been going on and present ALL of this to all physical therapists & doctors. I didn't have bilateral TKR, but I had my right knee replaced in August of 2012, and my left knee in May of 2013. I am learning that I ALWAYS need to exercise my knees -which I do in my rehab swimming pool 3-5 times/week- or my knees get SO stiff that I can hardly move/walk. BUT, I NEVER had to go thru all that you have. Did you use the CPM machine on both knees 6 hrs. daily for 6 weeks post surgery? I learned to HATE that machine (twice!), but I knew that there would be definite scar tissue build up if I didn't. I don't think that I actually helped you with your post, but I'll still wish you the best of luck with your progress.
I also had "bone-on-bone" on both knees. I went thru the cortisone shots; supartz (similar to synvisc) injections; 1 scope on one knee & 2 scopes on the other . . .and still pain. I got to the point that I couldn't sit, stand, walk, move etc. without awful pain. My orthopedic surgeon told me from the very beginning that I would KNOW when it was time for replacements. In fact, I had to go at least a decade beyond that because of teaching (I'm retired now), and I was the sole caretaker for both of my parents. My Mother passed away in Nov. of 2005, and my Dad in June of 2009. I finally told my self not long after. . . it's (way past) time. In fact, in Nov. after the 1st surgery, I went ahead and set up my 2nd, just so I wouldn't "chicken out" and start putting it off again. My doctor didn't even talk bilateral surgery with me. I can tell you something FOR SURE re: knee replacement. You have to have good family/friends there for you if you plan on doing your rehab at home. I was fortunate in that area. You have to be patient. Recovery will come, but it will take time. As far as pain goes, I suspect different people have different tolerance levels. Also, your doctor will work with you in that area, too. If you have any other questions, just let me know & I will try to respond to the best of my ability. Good luck with your future endeavors.View Thread
I had my first TKR on my right knee 19 months ago, and the 2nd on my left knee almost 10 months ago. Even though they are both still somewhat stiff and sore, I try to exercise in the rehab pool 3-5 times a week. BUT, there is definitely NO pain and NO cracking in either knee. I am SO glad that you are going to see your orthopedist. Please keep us up on your progress. Sending good thoughts & prayers your way.View Thread
I'm 57 and also have OA. I know EXACTLY how you feel. I'm a retired teacher and had SUCH pain daily. I went thru exactly similar circumstances. Everyone would just say, "Oh, you just have to work thru the pain". It was as if OA wasn't REALLY a condition worth mentioning. Within the past year & a half, I've had both knees replaced. I take Meloxicam(prescribed) twice daily for joint pain, but if it DOES help with the pain. . . .I'd hate to know what I'd feel like if I didn't take it. : ( I also have arthritis in my left thumb (being left-handed and a teacher for almost 30 years didn't help that situation). The Dr. who diagnosed it asked if I wanted to have shots in it for the pain. Those didn't work in my knees and were painful, so I passed. Just know there are others out there with similar situations as you, and we're here to talk and listen. I find that it's basically a day-to-day situation. There are good fays and there are bad. I also try to exercise at least 3 days/week. The only exercise that I find that helps me is the warm swimming pool at my local rehab center. I hope you can find some positive insight with any of this. Good luck! : )View Thread
I had those injections, and they did NOTHING for me. I traveled 2 hours/week for 3 weeks in a row for PAINFUL injections that didn't work. I've now had BOTH knees replaced. Through the best orthopedic surgeon; hard work; and the help of a loving family. . .I've got 2 brand new knees and would never go back!View Thread
It's me again. I imagine you would like to hear from someone else, but having gone thru it 7 1/2 months ago (and going thru it again in 2 months) - - I still can relate. I'll begin by stating something that my doctor & nurse have said repeatedly: EVERYONE is different, and goes thru it at different paces. Also, it will take an entire YEAR before you start to feel normal again. Are you actually having intense pain in your "new" knee, or is it a great amount of stiffness & sweeling that's causing the pain? The reason I ask is because I had SUCH intense pain in both knees before the first surgery, that now I tell people that there is a big difference between the intense pain in the "old" knee and the swelling & stiffness (pain) in my "new" knee. 5 weeks is still rather "new" for a surgery such as ours. I wasn't sleeping well at night then, either. I found that I couldn't take pain pills too late in the day and sleep at night. I think that I had written before that I took a sleeping pill at night (provided after surgery by my surgeon), used a "knee pillow", and eventually I didn't need either. I started out immediately after surgery going to the rehab center, and will do the same in May. The last few weeks of my rehab I asked to have water therapy, and continue this form of exercise now. The warm water is WONDERFUL! As always, I hope any of my advice/experience will help some. Keep exercising, moving, and above all: ICING. : )View Thread
Just so you won't feel alone, the first couple times that I went back to my doctor, I was asked if I needed my pain meds refilled. I didn't need my pain meds refilled, but I still needed help with my sleep meds. I, too, had a rough time sleeping. Hopefully, you'll be similar to me and eventually your leg will settle down. I bought a couple of "knee pillows" that you can attach around your knee (using velcro) and that REALLY helped. I couldn't lie on my side with my knees touching for a long time. One day at a time. ; )View Thread
A CPM machine - Continuous Passive Motion - was used by myself and other TKR patients immediately after surgery and for the next 3 weeks to not only prevent blood clots but to help (along with physical therapy 3 times a week) with range of motion. It has an attachment that you control by starting off with it actually moving your knee "continuously" for 6 hours per/day. I think I started off with an angle of 60 degrees, and then increased it daily by 5 degrees. Once you hit 100 degees -for me - it really got uncomfortable. BUT. . .and I can't emphasize enough . . you stick with the increments until about 125 degrees (if I remember correctly). Your doctor/therapist will help you along and will give you your own individual directions. I can't imagine myself having the revovery that I have had WITHOUT using the CPM machine. Hope that I could help with my experiences. Good Luck! : )View Thread
I had a TKR on my right knee on August 7th, 2012, and will have the other TKR (left knee) on May 28th, 2013. I used a CPM (Continuous Passive Motion) machine . . .and will again. It was one of the HARDEST part of my after surgery/recovery - - -but what helped me to regain the range of motion in my knee quicker. Believe me, 6 hours EVERY day for 21 CONTINUOUS days immediately after surgery was "rough" to say the least. . . but, for me, it's a must. Hope my experience and suggestions help. : ) Good luck with your recovery. [P.S. Let "patience" and "ice packs" be your friends!> ; DView Thread
I am a 56 year old retired teacher. I had a TKR on my right knee last August 7th, 2012. I'm scheduled to have the left TKR on May 28th of this year, 2013. Both of my knees were also so bad that my surgeon let me decide which to have replaced first. There was no discussion on having both done at once. I can see the benefit of having them both done at once. Even though it's been almost 5 months, I'm having to do all of my exercises in the rehabilitation pool. I can't do anymore "land exercises" because my "bad" knee can't take the pain involved. The water takes alot of the weight off of it. Also, there's a treadmill in the water that I can use, where I could NEVER use one on the land. Even though my "new" knee is still a little stiff and sore, there is a HUGE difference between having a stiff & sore knee that is getting better, and the constant pain in the "bad" knee that is only continually getting worse. At least now I know what to expect in May. Good luck to all!View Thread
I had a total TKR on my right knee almost 2 months ago. I have a TKR scheduled for May 28th, 2013 on my left knee. As janetsg commented in her post, I also put my surgery off for over a decade. I, like you, and most everyone else with severe OA, started out with: (1)cortisone shots; (2) scopes of both knees(the rt. one twice); eventually (3)supartz shots (similar to synvisc);none of the above worked, which finally led to TKR. Both knees were SO bad, that my surgeon let me decide which one to have surgery on first.
To build up my body (and my mental state), I joined a Healthy Steps/Silver Sneakers at my local rehab center. I mostly swim, since I haven't been able to walk, sit, drive, etc. in any kind of normal fashion in YEARS.
Regarding my surgery, I am progressing very well. The main word to keep in mind: patience. You must, must, MUST go religiously to your therapy, and work as hard as you can both there and at home on your own. I'm a retired school teacher, so I don't have to worry about going back to work. There would be a whole new scenario if I thought I had only a small amount of time to recup. My physical therapist told me last week that a TKR attends 3 months of pt 3 times/week. I have land pt twice/week and water therapy once/week.
I think/know that the main reason I feel positive about my entire situation is the fact that I trust and respect ALL of the medical team that is taking care of me. From my much respected, acclaimed, and just a great Christian surgeon(someone that I really wanted in the OR with me); to his staff; to the surgical hospital & staff; all the way to all of the staff at the rehab.
As was also mentioned in a previous post, you start out with a walker, progress to a cane,and then eventually . . .you're walking . . .slowly . . .on your on. Every little advancement is a HUGE milestone (believe me, I felt how a little child feels when I was finally able to pack away my portable potty and use my own bathroom facilities - - -including the shower!) ; D
There is A LOT to take into consideration, and everyone has to choose and make their own decision. I hope that I helped in some way, and if there is anything that I can help with (just from my own experience), let me know.