Severe Pain 5 months after Total Knee replacement

Hello All, I'm new here and i've been following a few people who've had total knee replacement. I had both knee's done (not at the same time) I had my right knee done in October 2014, then my left knee done on March 11th, 2015. It's only been 5 mos since my left knee was done and i must say the pain levels are thru the roof. Tylenol does not work! My doctor says that "It will pass".

I'm walking daily and i'm up to 1.5 miles, but an hour after i finish walking the stabbing and throbbing pain begins in my left knee.......UGH! Then i'm down for the day. As the day goes on i start too move around because (this may sound crazy) It feels kinda good when i'm moving. Anyone else out there having difficulties?

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  • Hi Vadar

    Sorry to hear your suffering I had o new knee replaced 4years ago I had a few problems for a couple of months but after that everything went fine. Have you been back to see your consultant or just your own doctor if you haven't seen the consultant ask to be referred .

    Xxxx

  • I'm sorry to hear your pain is at that level this long after your surgery.. Did your right knee not bother u as bad afterwards? I have bad knees as well. My left is in worse shape than my right, and is almost bone on bone. I really only want to do the surgeries as a last resort, since the average knee replacement only lasts for 10 yrs. I am scheduled for a steroid injection in my left knee and have an appt with an Orthopedic next week. My pain clinic is giving me the injection along with another type of treatment where they inject a "gooey" type substance between the bones... Kind of an artificial cartalidge.. It lasts for around 6 months, then has to be done again. The surgery worries me greatly. Are you in physio at all? Hope you feel better soon. Pain sucks. ~Cat

  • Hi Vadar15 I'm sorry to hear you're in pain at this stage after your total knee replacement. It doesn't sound right to me that you have that amount of pain. Please ask for a referral to see your consultant or even ring his secretary and request to see him that way. My circumstances are similar to yours....my first tkr was November '14 and three other was July '15, just 10 weeks ago. I can honestly say my pain level has gone down from 9/10 as in I was crying most days and nights, to 2ish! Please get it sorted out Vadar15 and keep us posted.

    Love to you from me.

  • Thanks Juju152 and thanks for the support. Last night was a 8.5 for me, could not sleep and yes i did shed a tear or two. The pain travels from my knee thru my shin bone and some days i can't put pressure on it. I am icing, icing, icing. I'm going for my morning walk, i let you how things go.

  • Hi Vadar, my husband had his knee replaced about 5 yrs ago and has been in pain ever since. But he is stubborn and won't keep going to the doctor, so it is his own fault. Please don't be like him - go and see a consultant, get it sorted right now! Good luck😀

  • Thanks, I went to my Dr this past Monday and i did another xray and he said that "Hardware looks good and there's nothing that i see's that's alarming and the pain will go away" Even after i explained too him the pain is also in my shin bone and some days i can't even put pressure on it. He just shrugged his shoulders and said " I'll see you in 3 months" My wife said that we should go see another orthopedic, I said no at first but i think i should, something is not right. I understand healing pain but this is way different. I'm going for my morning walk, Deejames left me a great reply, so i'm gonna shorten my walk today and see how i feel in a few hrs, i'll keep you posted, stay tuned.

  • Listen to your wife, don't be stubborn like my husband! Take care xx

  • Perhaps you are trying to walk too far at the moment. How about half a mile and see how that goes. If its OK add on another five minutes each day. Its about finding a level your body and knees can take without too much pain . Pacing. For maximum benefit and minimum pain.

    Let us know how you get on.

    Dee

  • Thanks Dee. I'm getting ready for my walk and i will shorten it, i'll let you know how it went in an hour or two.

  • Hi Vadar15 and welcome to Health Unlocked. I'm sure you will find this forum informative and supportive.

    Best wishes

    Admin

  • I haven't had the knee replacement because all the people I talk to that had it done had to have it done twice. I don't want that. I take the aquatic class which is wonderful. 3 times a week with these people. It helps. But my hip is another think. Going back to the doctor. The cortizone shot messed me up with the hip Thank you.

  • good morning Judy-brown91

    I did the aqua class once and i should do it more especially since my wife is a certified aqua fitness instructor (lol). Be careful with the cortizone shots ok. I hope all goes well with you.

  • After five months I'd be insisting that my GP refer me back to the surgeon - knee replacements can go wrong and need revising.

  • HI VADER. I AM NEW TO THIS AND FOUND YOUR COMMENT VERY INTERESTING. I HAD A TKR APRIL 27,2016. I LEFT THE HOSPITAL A FEW HOURS AFTER SURGERY. WHEN I GOT OUT OF SURGERY I WAS GIVEN DILAUDEN FOR PAIN THROUGH MY IV. MY DOCTOR/SURGEON DOES NOT BELIEVE IN GIVING PAIN MEDICATION - I DID GET PERCOCET 5/325 MG FOR ABOUT A MONTH & 1/2 AND THEN WAS TOLD TO TAKE TYLENOL WHICH I DID. I WENT TO PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR 2 MONTHS AND DID VERY WELL AND I FELT REALLY GOOD UNTIL 3 DAYS AGO, I WOKE UP AND WAS IN SO MUCH PAIN I COULD NOT WALK. I DID CUT THE GRASS WITH MY PUSH MOWER THINKING THE MOVEMENT OF WALKING WOULD DO ME SOME GOOD. BOY WAS I WRONG! I WAS CRYING WHILE CUTTING THE PAIN WAS SO BAD AND THE MOVEMENT DID NOTHING. AFTER SURGERY I HAD THE "NORMAL" ACHES AND PAINS - THROBBING AT NIGHT, PAIN IN THE MORNING, ETC., WHICH WAS PRETTY MUCH EXPECTED. WHAT I DID NOT EXPECT TO HAVE THIS MUCH PAIN 5 MONTHS AFTER SURGERY. I AM VERY ACTIVE WHICH I FELT WAS A GOOD THING TO HELP THE HEALING AND I DID FEEL VERY GOOD UNTIL, LIKE I SAID, UNTIL 3 DAYS AGO. I CALLED TO MAKE AN APPNT WITH THE DR. AND WILL BE GOING THIS COMING MONDAY AND I HAD ASKED FOR SOME PAIN MEDICATION TO HELP ME GET THROUGH THE DAYS UNTIL MY APPNT. MY DR. PRESCRIBED ME TRAMADOL. I FIGURED I MIGHT AS WELL CONTINUE ON TAKING THE ASPIRIN - I HAVE A VERY HIGH TOLERANCE TO PAIN MEDICATION AND TOLD THE DR. THIS, BUT I DONT BELIEVE THAT HE BELIEVED ME. BECAUSE OF THE ADDICTS OUT THERE, THE PEOPLE WHO REALLY NEED PAIN MEDICATION CANT GET IT - EVEN AT THE PAIN CLINIC THEY WANTED TO TRY ALL THESE WAYS TO REDUCE MY PAIN. I AM NOT A MILLIONAIRE AND ASKED FOR PAIN MEDS AND THEY COULD MAKE SURE I WAS NOT ABUSING THEM. FOR ME PAIN MEDS ARE CHEAPER THAN ALL THESE THINGS THEY WERE SUGGESTING AND NOT BEING SURE THAT THEY WOULD WORK. WELL 2 MORE DAYS OF PAIN TIL I SEE THE DOC. WILL LET YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. ANYONE HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS - THEY WOULD BE MUCH APPRECIATED. YOU CAN SEND THEM TO MY EMAIL: JMORGESE@GMAIL.COM. THANKS.

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