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How Negativity Affects A TKR

Recently, I have received comments and emails regarding how frightening my blog is. I have written about this before, but believe something else needs to be said.

MINDSET: Your mindset going into a tkr is what determines how well you will recuperate and how hard you will work. The pain of recuperation is intense. And…that’s a mild description. If you go into a tkr thinking “Oh my god, this is terrible”….it will be terrible. If you go into the tkr thinking “I’m going to make the best of this”….you will.

PAIN LEVEL: Also, if your pain level prior to a tkr is not to the point of you thinking “I don’t want to deal with this pain anymore. It is limiting my life. I can’t do what I want to do physically. Enough is enough!” …maybe you are not ready for a knee replacement. Personally, I was carrying crutches with me everywhere I went for a year prior to my surgery. My knee was locking up whenever it wanted. I didn’t know what to expect or when it would happen. The pain was debilitating. I despised the uncertainty. Even the task of walking caused excruciating pain. And…I absolutely love to walk. I walk when others grab a cab, that’s how much I love it. I wanted to walk painlessly.

Prior to my tkr, I couldn’t move from a sitting or prone position without extreme pain. I needed to adjust my spinal column to lessen the pain.

RECUPERATION: The amount of exercising needed to recuperate from a tkr is immense. It’s extremely easy to get frustrated (and we all do it). The time needed to do these exercises and see results is not a quick fix. It is a long and very arduous process. Everyone is different. Don’t compare yourself to others. Compare yourself to yourself.

Anyways, I hope this helps those thinking about undergoing a knee replacement. At least you’re lucky enough to read about all that is involved regarding the long recuperation process. Many of my readers, and myself, were not that lucky. I went into the surgery thinking I’d be kicking butts within a month. Was I wrong.

Having a knee replacement is the best thing I could have done. I’ve received the same feedback from many of my readers, also. In fact, this blog has turned into a very welcoming support system. For that, I am grateful to everyone who has contributed. 🙂

You’ll know when you’re ready. Listen to your intuition. Kindly don’t blame me for providing realistic information. I could write about a tkr negatively, but I don’t. There are far too many positive results involved. Yes, the information can be surprising and eye opening. Don’t tell me I scare or frighten you, I don’t like hearing that since that’s not my intention. It is all in your own mindset and how you interpret information.

Thanks for listening and best of luck to all!

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4 comments to How Negativity Affects A TKR

  • Rick

    Hello Marie, I’ve just returned home from Vancouver and have been catching up on some of my favourite boards including this one, when I came upon your post.

    Needless to say I was annoyed to read that some people find it easier to focus there fear on your blog, than find the heart to face their own fears.

    I hope you realize it goes without saying that those of us that have faced down these demons and deal with our situations on a daily basis, take a great deal of pleasure from your writing and musings.

    Keep up the good works…………

    Rick
    Toronto

  • anita

    hi there, anita again! i totally was at the enough is enough stage. i was using a cane. i felt ridiculous. esp considering that just 4 years ago, i was a weightlifter. ugh.
    (btw- i got lyme disease at 42, was not diagnosed for a looong time, it went into a type of RA and at 46 i’m getting bionic parts and bone cut off. joy)

    i do my own pt everyday and struggle thru the pain with the mindset that i didn’t just do multiple $40K worth of agony inducing surgery to wimp out on working thru it. i have a different set of rules and timelines due to the achilles surgery, but that’s ok. i love it that you’re up front, blatant and honest. i’d rather have a harsh truth than a pretty lie any day. and you can routinely hear me stop, point at the knee and say, “i’m the boss of you, you WIll work and do what i say!!!” my husband just shakes his head and laughs.

    two more questions tho, first, when does it become more comfortable to sit normally for a length of time. i still can’t do restaurants cause i become really uncomfortable in about 10 minutes.
    did anyone else get this itchy thing going? i ended up allergic to all pain meds, and am now down to just tylenol and advil alternately, but i’m still itching like crazy. anyone else you know have that problem?

  • booktoots

    Hi Rick,
    Thanks for the kudos. It’s always nice to hear others enjoy reading my words. 🙂

  • Cindy

    I am now 4 months out of having a left total knee replacement. I was also at the enough was enough stage, I had been an aerobics instructor, my body was use to exercising, and I had problems even getting out of a chair, and from lack of exercise I was starting to gain weight. I was bone on bone. PT is hard and you have to really work at it, but, it’s worth it. I can now get out of a chair and walk without fear of my knee locking or giving out on me. I still get stiff after sitting, but it’s not like it was before the surgery.

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