Any one have Fibro and have TKR done?
I am wondering how much worse this surgery is going to be and it I will heal slower being I suffer from Fibro all the time. I already have to take Tramadol and Mobic daily to be able to function and work. Worried that after TKR the fibro will make the knee surgery worse.
I’m not sure about the fibro because i don’t have it, but I have had the tkr, and I can tell you it is very painful, and not just for a week or two, but probably for months. No one will tell you before you have it done, but afterward you will hear all the bad stories. I had gotten to the point I felt like I couldn’t go on if I didn’t have something done. But now after 3 months,I feel like I have just traded one kind of pain for another. I have scar tissue and not sure what to do about it. I’m sorry if I have discouraged you, because some go through it with good results, but I’m just telling you to really think about it, because it is a big decision. Do all the research you can. Best of luck to you.
How long ago did you have your knee done..flora?
How’s your bend with scar tissue.
I had tkr on jan 2015 an had all kinds of complications with my after care….I have scar tissue an bend is 95 at best… .can walk upstairs but not down …..not sure where to take it..my surgeon says I should be happy with my bend that I have
Walk up the stairs in an exaggerated manner, so that you work your thigh muscles. Walk backwards down the stairs using the same procedure as going up. When you are comfortable, come down the right way. Don’t get despondent. Don’t concentrate on getting the perfect bend, it’ll drive you crazy. There are ways of doing exercises without really thinking about it. From the way you walk, to getting up from chairs, sitting at your desk/table etc, use every opportunity to work those muscles. You will get your bend, but you will have to work at it. Just remember not to obsess.
I too have fibromyalgia and I had a new plastic knee cap and metal trochlea (the bit that the knee cap slides over) in March last year. Recovery was slow due to muscle wastage and I’ve also suffered with depression…..something I’ve never suffered with before. Whether this depression is connected to my fibro I’m not sure. Knee is now progressing fine, but my fibromyalgia pain seems to have increased a lot in the last few months. I use to take nurofen to keep fibro pain under control but am on sertraline antidepressants and can now only take paracetamol…..which doesn’t seem strong enough. I also take amitriptyline when fibro is really bad. After being on this forum I’ve also found that depression can be common after surgery so perhaps I’ve had a double whammy!
I hope all goes well for you and I can most certainly recommend that you continue to use this forum after your surgery. It’s been a godsend to me on many occasions. ….there is always someone who has answers to any questions you may have. It’s very comforting to know that you are not suffering alone!
I have had fibromyalgia for 15 yrs and had my first tkr last June. My surgery went well but I struggled with my bend for weeks. It’s a big op for sure and I’m still recovering. I think my fibro has slowed my recovery but I am getting better slowly. I’m having my other knee replaced in a few weeks as the pain of recovery is preferable to the permanent pain and instability I have now. It’s a painful process and I got very down and tearful at first and very frustrated with myself, but the pain was controlled mostly with medication, time is a great healer and I learned many lessons, mostly patience, tolerance and progress not perfection. Only you can make the decision. For me it was the right thing to do as I have to look to the future. Good luck