I had total knee replacement surgery on January 8th and I have to say “OUCH!!!” with capitals and exclamation points. Although I presumed there would be a significant amount of pain, I was not prepared for how much there actually is. I’m four weeks past surgery now and still have to take a pain pill to get any sleep at all. I was so discouraged and tired at my last physical therapy appointment, that I spent the whole hour in tears, nearly begging them to tell me when the pain is going to stop.
I’m happy with physical therapy overall – they have some awesome people there. I didn’t expect physical therapy to be easy and it certainly is not. According to my physical therapists, I am doing exceptionally well as far as swelling going down, incision healing up, and my flexibility. I’m happy about that also; and I’m very dedicated to doing all the exercises they expect me to do so that I can heal quickly and get back to normal. If it weren’t for the ongoing pain that sometimes ebbs a bit but never completely goes away, I would be pretty happy. As it is, I am pretty much exhausted from never getting uninterrupted sleep due to the pain waking me up when I roll over or move my leg in my sleep. I am longing for just one night of uninterrupted sleep. I’m sure I would feel refreshed and more able to face each day.
Like I said, I didn’t expect it to be easy . . . I just never imagined the pain being so harsh nor lasting so long. I’m told, since I’m entering my fifth post-op week , that things will start getting easier and I’m holding on strongly to that hope. I know I don’t see all that clearly when I’m sleep deprived, so I have to cling to the hope that getting this knee replacement was the right thing to do. Today, I think my pain was a bit less than it has been. It’s 4:30 p.m. right now and usually I’m grimacing and pushing through to pass the time until 10:00 p.m. when I can take a pain pill and go to sleep to get some small respite. Right now, my leg is bothering me in a hard aching sort of way, but not so much in the usual stabbing pain I get by this time of day. So, let’s hope things are on the mend and I can post again in a few weeks and sing the praises of being pain free and having a good working knee.
In the meantime . . . OUCH!!!!!
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