Total Knee Replacement finally done.
How do people cope when both knees need replacing, as all the physio implies I have a fully functional ‘good’ knee to rely on?
This time last week I had my right knee replaced. It was drummed into me how important it was to do post op exercises, so I have been doing them every day since. Before going into hospital I made a conscious effort to lose weight (I was around 2 stone overweight) I lost a stone & am continuing to lose the weight as my appetite has taken a hit. I only spent 1 night in hospital & the physiotherapists were so happy with my mobility I was sent home with crutches, bath chair & a frame to help me lower onto the loo & a bag full of morphine & blood thinning jabs. Everyone has been remarking on how well I am doing, I even surprised myself.
However; my knee needed replacing due to the damaged caused by my Rheumatoid Arthritis & that has obviously not gone away. Luckily It’s been under reasonable control, despite me having to come off my biologic meds, to enable my op to be done. The only problem is, I cannot even take the anti-inflammatory meds I was on, until I have finished the blood thinners (for another 3 weeks). My left knee was never that great but now it’s starting to hurt a lot more & I suspect it’s because it did not like the strengthening exercises I’ve been doing for my new knee. I’ve started to strap up the left knee but I feel it’s going to stop me from making the progress I was, it now hurts more than my new knee! I was so optimistic & now I feel my hard work is being undermined.
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