Thanks for the tips and encouragement from all.
My knee swells and gets hot after PT, especially last Friday and Saturday. The knee itself doesn't hurt much, and I am walking without aids. Was allowed to walk right away. Crutches and walker were worse than hopping about
without them. I can walk now fairly normally - for a while.
The worst is the thigh muscle pain! My thigh is bruised about
5 inches above the knee joint - the tourniquet or a holding post? PT (massage) in this area with a new guy made it very tender, stiff and painful @7/10, maybe more because I chronically take tramadol for back pain and fibro. The bruising is going away, but the pain and stiffness are not. I'm not going to allow any more of this muscle massage! Most of the rest of the exercises help with flexibility, and I do them faithfully and wear the support hose, but after each exercise session I need ice and an hour of elevation for the knee, and the thigh pain gets worse.
I haven't found any antiinflammatory meds that work that I tolerate. Aleve, Motrin hurt my stomach a lot. Mobic doesn't work. So I wasn't given anything. I'm icing and elevating when the knee gets hot or painful, several times a day.
I have an appointment with my surgeon tomorrow morning.