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Pacing Yourself After A TKR

Hi everyone…I’ve been getting requests lately about overdoing it after a tkr and how to know the difference. Here is a reprint of an article I wrote about this…Enjoy!

This blog post is being written after another day of overdoing it on my part. And, hopefully, others have done the same thing. I’m not hoping others are in pain, just that we’ve had the same experiences after having a tkr.

Yesterday was a beautifully sunny and mild temperature day. It was a perfect day for a walk. When my friend called at the last minute and invited me to partake, I jumped at the opportunity. I needed to perform an experiment of sorts, anyways.

My experiment involved testing to see how long I could walk with my new shoe lift (3/4”) without any discomfort. I also was to notice if there was any improvement in my opposing knee and hip pain. (As I mentioned in a previous blog post, when I went to the doctor for my total knee replacement year follow up, I was experiencing severe pain in my opposite side knee and hip). We determined that my legs were of different lengths and that I needed an external shoe lift. So…I was to report back to him with my feedback. This was the walk that would form the determination on my part.

Back to the walk: My friend and I walked for about 1 mile, then took a break. I noticed a slight knee pain. The trail we were walking is a community trail that always has a nice variety of dogs being taken for a walk on it. So, during our break we greeted a labrador, husky, and terrier. Very nice. Everyone was out for a lovely day of walking and socializing.

After our break, we walked about another quarter mile. Then, we figured (rather my bones did) it was time to head back. I was fine all the way until the last quarter mile. All of a sudden….BAM!! my “good” knee starting getting sharp pain in it.

So, I will report back to my doctor that the shoe lift seems to be working since my pain is much better than before the lift. Actually, my hip on the opposite side of my tkr (I put that in there for the search engines) does not hurt at all. That is a vast improvement. 🙂 However, how am I to know if I just overdid it? If I was to have walked for just a mile, I wouldn’t have this concern.

Anyways, I didn’t sleep well at all (more than usual…:) ) due to the pain. Even with pain meds, ouch. Luckily, I finally decided to get up and write this. Beforehand, however, I watched the Flintstones. Fred and Barney told Wilma and Betty that camping was no place for women. Who do you think won out? It was a good one. 🙂

My dilemma: I have a hard time determining when enough is enough until the pain is unbearable. How does one do that, pace themselves properly? I am not sure if I’m wording this properly. 😕 I feel great when starting to walk and forget about having to make a return trip. I just love walking and do so until it’s too painful. 🙁 There has to be a better way. It’s the return trip that is the bear. 🙁 Hmm… I’ll figure it out.

Just thought I would share about my walking dilemmas after a tkr. 🙂 Hopefully, someone else will have the same concerns. I’m not complaining, just stating as fact.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns. The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.






1 comment to Pacing Yourself After A TKR

  • Debi

    Funny, I just posted something similar on one of the other posts….about how hard it is to tell if you are doing too much or not enough exercise….

    I seem to be doing okay at work most days now, but when I sit down to rest, the transition back to standing and walking is hard…..I have to get “warmed up”……and stretch the quad muscles again.

    I do feel like I’m losing some of the flex because I am standing/walking so much now…..so I’m trying to do more heel slides during the day at home, and trying to deliberately bend my knee when I sit down (since I tend to keep it only slightly bent due to pain) .

    My TKR will be 4 months old on March 18……..*sigh*…..

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