i've had a rebuild, total menesectomy, synvisc, cortisone, pain killers...therapy, etc etc...and a month ago i started walking. alot. as in..2.5-3 miles a day every day. the first week i thought i would die from the pain. week 2 still bad. week 3..could it be? i wasn a little better. week 4..i'm hardly limping and down to one vicodin a day. go figure. i'm NOT going to question it though!! Hope yours gets better soon!!
I had two TKRs on my right knee. The first one was not successful; however, the doctor did not want to admit that the knee was not properly installed. Instead he wanted to tell me that I was just wanting more pain medicine...yeah because it hurt! Then I was referred to another orthopedic surgeon in Salisbury, NC. How wonderful my experience has been this time around. My knee feels better than ever (except that I inadvertently sprained my ligament due to my clumsiness). However, I have had an awesome physical therapist who has been very kind and very patient with me. My flexion was up to 120 degrees, and my extension was completely normal. I am still not on pain medicine. But I am back to lifting weights, swimming and going to the whirlpool as well as going to physical therapy. And now I have a Smith and Nephew 30-year knee. I figure by the time this one wears out I'll be too senile to care! So a total knee replacement is a solution if you are in constant pain and cannot go about your daily activities, you have a great orthopedic surgeon, a great hospital for recovery, and an awesome physical therapist to help strengthen the knee back to full capacity. It was hard work but so worth it. Do not feel like you are alone (although sometimes that's really hard), and please know that you do not have to live in pain. (My knee was in too bad of shape for anything but a TKR...even the cortisone shots did not touch the pain I had before the TKR. They also have the SYNVISC shots, but my knee was in too bad of shape to try those...osteoarthitis, torn meniscus, torn ACL, etc., so I don't know if the SYNVISC shots might help to alleviate your pain or not.)
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I knew the Dr. might do more than repair meniscus tears on one side, depending on what he saw. He found chondromalacia grade 3 or 4 (?), and smoothed the cartilage behind the kneecap. Instead of improving, this knee was much worse than it had been. I can't help but feel it was better off without all the smoothing.
Even though chondromalacia was pretty advanced, it wasn't causing much trouble yet. I was having pain from the meniscus tears, and needed the arthroscopy because of that. We are at the mercy of our Dr's and have to trust them. The Dr. who first examined my knee said they looked "young" in the x-rays and I shouldn't have any trouble with the arthroscopy.
I knew the arthroscopy could aggravate any arthritis, but didn't expect it to be so much worse, so suddenly. My problem is so minor in comparison to so many others. I'm just starting down the road to eventual TKR's. The arthroscopy changed it from "someday" (needing TKR) to much sooner.
I didn't want to post the details and just whine. I'm 59. What I read before arthroscopy did sound "iffy" at my age. I went ahead with it because I had bad lateral pain when I was driving (R knee). If someone had told me my knee would never be the same again after arthroscopy, I would have tried cortisone shots for the pain.
Edited by: SWIFTSEATURTLE at: 5/5/2011 (08:19)
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you still need to remember your knee is still in the healing mode and it does take time and for some of us longer than we expect..........so i would say be patient with yourself and give it a little longer ................what do your dr and physio tell you about your progress???!!! wishing you well soon.....blessings and hugs..............lita
Edited by: L*I*T*A* at: 5/4/2011 (22:56)
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Good luck...I hope that it's a sign your knee is in recovery. After my second total knee replacement in December 2010, I sprained my ligament on the right side of the right knee! After a round of prednisone which did not take, I'm back in a knee brace...and I thought I was done with them! Luckily, I still have about 110 degrees flexion and pretty much full extension. So I was told to go to the Y and swim and go to physical therapy twice a week. Maybe someday this will all be like a bad dream! (Of course, now I'm on prednisone for my asthma...ugh! I feel like I'll never get a chance to get this weight off...)
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I don't think I have introduced myself here before. If so, excuse me. I did post about kayaking. I've been discouraged since an arthroscopy in Dec., until now. I've had more PT, and 5 Supartz injections (in April) with very little change. Now,4 and 1/2 months after the arthroscopy, I can finally raise my leg and bend my knee about 80% of the normal range. My Dr. said the injections could still kick in, so maybe that's what is happening .
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