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Sunday, 7/7 Stiff knees, 8 and 9 years after replacements??

Monday, July 08, 2013

Hi all,

I woke up with my knees so sore and stiff that I can barely take a step today. I decided to do what I know best and work them out--walking and finally walking them in the pool. My pain meds aren't a help and ice is a bit more comfortable than not--but I do not understand that. My right knee was a bit sore after my hip replacement, but I really haven't had any issues since they were replaced and I "recovered."

Of course, I have arthritis, but I no longer have "real knees." I am in a bit of sore shock.

Any ideas on this? I tried to research it...

Thanks for any thoughts,
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  • _LINDA
    I can't understand why you should all of a sudden be having this pain, but its possible the muscle tightness from your new hip is affecting your knee/and or affecting how you are walking and this is causing you knee pain as your knees try to compensate. Especially if your surgeon had to do some major relalignment. Its possible you may need some physiotherapy to help work this out and get those sore muscles to release. I have pain in my knees periodically if they are too stressed. I will always have pain in my right knee as one side has no cartilage on it (ligaments on the side that is) Something to get on your Dr, about for sure. You don't say how old your replacements are, but 15 years is supposed to be their normal lifespan. What happens is your bodily tissues grow into the spaces and end up loosening the replacements, the replacements themselves never wear out.
    Note: you haven't really recovered from the hip replacement. I was told it takes a year or more for the muscles to really get back to normal. I know mine are still getting sore if I overdo it..
    Feel better soon
    {{{gentle hugs}}}
    1687 days ago
    I could not fathom a guess but my R.A. is worsened by my diet or lack of exercise. If I keep moving and avoid gluten I do better.
    1687 days ago
    I find that humidity bothers my "fake knee" - I had knee replacement 1-1/2 years ago. I don't know if it's normal, but I do find that walking seems to help, so keep up the great work.

    I would check with your doctor, too. My stiffness isn't too bad - yours sounds a lot worse.

    1687 days ago
    I'm no help whatsoever because I just had my knee replaced and stiffness is a daily struggle for me. :) But I'm guessing that it's the muscles around your knee, which are yours, which are tightening for some reason. I think gentle stretching and the pool are both good ideas. Heat may also help loosen them as long as you don't have swelling. I hope they get better soon!
    1687 days ago
    Don't know, but it would seem that your doctor should be giving you some good advice or perhaps a second opinion is warranted. Since I haven't had any replacements I am clueless. However, I wish you well in trying to find out something. I would start researching. You are brave to keep moving anyway!

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    1688 days ago
  • ZRIE014
    i know how you feel. i feel that way sometime because i run. i still try to run after a period of stretching it.
    1688 days ago
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