Pain two months after Knee Surgery

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   Posted 1/10/2010 12:45 AM (GMT -7)   
My mother (70years) had a knee (total knee replacement) surgery two months back. Her pain has continously decreased since then and there was time when she didnt take any pain killer for almost a week or so. 

For past few days, she has again started to have pain in the middle of night while sleeping. She is always perfectly fine in day time and is able to walk properly without any walker or stick. She is able to manage whole house on her own with no problem in day. But every night at certain time, she starts getting pain.

One key thing to note is that my parents live in a very cold place and past two weeks they are experiencing extreme cold weather.

Can anyone comment if it is normal to have pain even 2 months after knee replacement surgery or does she need to visit the doctor? Unfortunately the she got the surgery done in far away place, so going back for review with that docotr will be long journey. Any advice will be helpful. Thankyou

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   Posted 1/10/2010 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
What position does your mother sleep in? I had my surgery in May and had a quick recovery, but there are times I will feel pain. One time is if I'm lying on my side and my knee isn't well supported - lying on my left side with my new right knee flexed in front of me. I use a pillow under the knee to prevent this.

I hope this simple idea will help your mother. If not, you might see if it's possible to have a local facility take an x-ray and transmit it to her surgeon to check. She still might have to go in, though.

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   Posted 1/13/2010 3:30 PM (GMT -7)   
She needs to get moving......Did they not put her on a machine to mover her knee while in rehab??

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   Posted 1/13/2010 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Ah, yes, the lovely CPM. They put me on that the day after my surgery and I loved it. A week later it had aggrivated my SI joint and I hated it. I found out what I had to do to get approved to stop using it, gritted my teeth and did it so I could really start recovering.

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   Posted 1/19/2010 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Judy, you are probably right about the sleeping position.  I am six weeks out of suirgery and on Saturday I had severe pain at the grocery bad my hands shook.  Will try to discuss this with HIS GREATNESS, the surgeon, aka Dr. Jerkle and Mr. Hyde.  Am on target with the rehab.  Am tired but hopeful.
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