Living With Severe Neuropathy & a TKR

Hi everyone! I have been receiving numerous inquiries regarding sciatica, nerve pain, and other pains associated with a tkr or total knee replacment. The timing is ideal since I have been experiencing high levels of neuropathy pain. Here’s the scoop that I trust will provide further insight…

As I have written about in other posts that prior to my tkr, bone spurs were digging into my nerves. They were severing my nerves. (The nerves are located alongside the lateral portion of my knee.)

Prior to my tkr, I had to readjust my entire body in order to compensate for this extreme pain.

What is interesting is that almost 10 years post-tkr, this neuropathy pain can be excruciating at times. I know that my situation could be much worse, but believe it
is worthy of sharing with you.

The level of discomfort is simply noticeable and potentially hindering. I do not know when it will happen. It is unpredictable.

There are times when the neuropathy leads to my entire tkr leg tingling. Sometimes there is pain, other times there is not. It is the strangest feeling.

Right now, I am sitting at a computer using proper ergonomics, and I feel my lower leg tingling all the way down to the ends of my toes. I straighten my leg and the tingling diminishes. Other times I straighten my leg and the tingling continues.

I always like to pay particular attention to activities happening when the pain and/or tingling occur. I do notice that the neuropathy pain occurs when lifting any amount of weight. Even carrying some grocery bags does this.

It sometimes happens when I am swimming. It can happen when standing for more than 5-10 minutes. These are just some situations that pop into my mind as I am writing this article.

How do I ease the pain? I try my best to find stress-reducing body positions. Some work one time and not another. I lightly massage the area. This provides temporary relief, usually.

There are several yoga stretches that help, like the pyramid pose. Touching toes, downward-facing dog, and camel pose all provide relief, also.

And: Elevating my leg works some times, not all the time. In short, my remedies provide unpredictable results. I take aspirin, but dread popping pills for a number of reasons.

Hope this helps others going through the same thing. Find interesting? Kindly share with others who may benefit. Thank you!

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.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.






Knee Braces & A TKR

Hi everyone. Some of you have asked me if I have tried using a knee brace prior to having a tkr (total knee replacement). The answer is “yes”. Here is my story about knee braces and a tkr…

Prior to my total knee replacement, I tried everything I could to avoid the pain. One thing I did was wear a knee brace. It was painful and I didn’t understand why. That is, until I saw an x-ray of my knee.

I had bone spurs on each side of my knee that had developed due to my knee being bone-on-bone. I have written other blog posts about my bone spurs. Here is some more insight…

A knee brace stabilizes the knee joint by compressing the muscles. I can see how a brace would work for many people with knee concerns. However, the muscle compression caused my bone spurs to dig into my nerves more than usual. That compression, in turn, resulted in increased pain.

The knee brace did keep my knee joint better aligned. I can see why many people find them helpful. Knee braces may be great for others, but they did not work for me. It just goes to show that everyone is different. You may be the same.

Hope this insight helps others going through the same thing.

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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.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.







TKR Nerve Damage: Some Helpful Insight

Hi everyone. Many of you have been contacting me about dealing with tkr nerve damage, so thought I would pitch in. My feedback is based on personal experience. As I have mentioned before, over the years my body developed very noticeable bone spurs on each side of my left knee. This knee was finally replaced in my total knee replacement surgery.

The bone spurs looked like quite noticeable hooks. Picture a hook that holds towels, chains, etc and you get the idea. These hooks dug into my nerves every time I moved. They severed the nerves, causing them to severely shred. Technically speaking, this is known as severe neuropathy. Anyways, here some insight about my tkr nerve damage….

There are extended times when the pain is either completely unnoticeable or slightly uncomfortable. When I swim, the pain is almost nonexistent – most of the time. In fact, I had gone for so long without any nerve damage pain, I forgot that the possibility was there.

Then, I attended a workout known as Body Pump. The workout can be adjusted to individual preferences. I chose to use very light weights of five pounds.

The workout consists of squats, pushups, planks, arm lifts, and other maneuvers that result in a whole-body set. Motions go from slow to fast-paced. It is a versatile workout program. Movements can be modified to suit individual needs.

My squats were very shallow. Part of that was due to having decreased tkr mobility. I have a 93-degree bend in my knee. I did wall push-ups so I didn’t have to get onto the floor for the standard version. No problem. None of the arm maneuvers were a concern. I felt very good after the workout.

The next day was another story. My nerves were sending loud and clear messages. It is now a month afterwards, and I still have the remnants of overdoing it. I know it could be much worse, but it is an annoyance.

I hope this helps others going through the same thing involving tkr nerve damage. I must reiterate, the nerve damage is not caused by the total knee replacement surgery. My tkr did not fix the neuropathy, either.

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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.






Does Your TKR Involve Nerve Damage?

Hi everyone…It’s been 6.75 years since my tkr and I’ve received a number of inquiries about how my knee is doing and what others can expect.

As I’ve mentioned before, everyone recuperates at their own pace. My tkr knee still looks a little “fatter” than my other knee. Depending upon the level of my physical activity, sometimes it just swells up more than usual. It’s usually not painful.

What is painful, however, is the extensive nerve damage left behind from my bone spurs. Bone spurs developed on each side of my knee to the point where they were digging into my nerves. I was told the tkr would not correct the nerve damage, but would make the knee pain go away. I was fine with that.

This pain is exacerbated by swimming, but I don’t care. I’d rather have pain than no swimming.
In addition to the swimming times, this nerve pain can happen anywhere, any time. There does not seem to be any rhyme nor reason. The pain always runs from my lower spine down the side of my tkr leg.

Some times the pain goes along with a tingling sensation that goes from my knee down to my ankle. It’s a strange feeling. The tingling shows up sporadically and unexpectedly.

The pain and tingling will go away when my leg is elevated and resting. Ice helps and so does aspirin. Gentle side bends and toe touches also help alleviate some of the pain. Dealing with this pain is no big deal to me. It’s 100-percent better than the complete knee pain I had prior to my tkr.

Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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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.






3 Natural Ways To Decrease TKR Pain

Hi everyone. Anyone who regularly visits this site knows that I firmly believe in natural remedies as much as possible. After having recent bouts of extreme neuropathy pain caused by previous bone spurs, I needed to find new ways to reduce pain without prescription drugs…The neuropathy is located on the left side of my tkr. (I had to fit in tkr so the search engines love it…:) ) Here’s the scoop…..

1) Mattress rotation. It turns out one night I noticed that when laying flat on my back, my hip bones were uneven. My right one was about 1/2” higher than my left one. I also noticed that when I elevated my left hip, the neuropathy pain increased. So…an inspection was to begin.

It turns out the center portion of my mattress was caving in, or sinking. This slight alteration was causing my body to become slightly misaligned. Hence…the increased pain.

We all hear about the importance of flipping over the mattress so even depreciation takes place. It extends the mattress’ useful life, for one thing. It also plays a key role in keeping the spinal column as straight as possible..in my case, anyways.

Rotating and flipping the mattress over helped tremendously.

2) Massage. The source of the neuropathy is a nerve bundle in my lower spinal column (coccyx) area. Massaging this area helps.

3) Hot tubs with jets. Jets pointed at the nerve bundle massage the area and decrease pain for an extended period of time. Two drawbacks: a) I don’t like public hot tubs; b) the heat quickens my swimsuit depreciation, it will shorten the life span of my swimsuit. Heat expands elasticity.

Hope this helps others going through the same thing. Any similar stories? Feel free to share….

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A Real-Life Story About Nerve Damage, a Shoe Lift, and TKR

Hi everyone! I’ve had a number of inquiries lately regarding nerve pain associated with a total knee replacement, so I wanted to share a recent story in an attempt to help others out…

It was a beautiful sunny day. After just finishing a tasty fundraising breakfast, going home just didn’t sound like a good idea. I was wearing business casual clothing, including my walking shoes. (As I have discussed in other posts on this site, my left shoe has a 1.75” shoe lift on it).

I hopped into the car and decided to go for a nice drive. There’s a beautiful waterfront community nearby that I knew had benches that provided a wonderful view. There’s where I was headed.

As I was approaching the town, I noticed signs stating a festival was taking place. “Oh, oh”, I thought. Parking is difficult enough as it is in that area, let alone during a festival. Anyways, I proceeded.

Someone (as usual) was watching over me that day, since ONE parking spot was available in an ideal location. My parallel parking skills came in handy. 🙂

After taking in the scenery while sitting on the waterfront bench for a bit, I decided to partake in the festivities. It was a medieval faire. WHAT A BLAST!!

However, to tie this in with my tkr and shoe lift story, the majority of festivities took place on open grounds containing uneven land. My ankle and shoe lift were getting an interesting workout! Without any ankle support (like my standard hiking boots provide), my shoe lift walking abilities were put to the test. There’s no point in getting frustrated about it. That’s what happens when one wears a shoe lift. It’s very easy to lose your balance or twist your ankle. Yikes…

I’m not going to complain about anything. I am very grateful for the opportunity, experienced wonderful things, and met fantastic people. I’d do it again in a second!

Let me just say…nothing looked more inviting than my sofa when I got home. I was going to shower, eat, and become a couch potato while watching game 7 of the NHL Playoffs, The nerve damage caused by my since-removed bone spurs was exacerbated. That’s an understatement. 🙂

My tkr scar was bright red (still can’t figure that one out). Both of my ankles were swollen. And my tkr knee was slightly swollen. Remember…I’m 6.5 years post-tkr.

How did I handle all of that? I relaxed, did some slow stretches, ate, took two aspirins, and elevated my leg.

That’s what happens when a shoe lift wearer walks on uneven land for a prolonged period of time. Not complaining, just providing insight that can hopefully help others.

NOTE TO SELF: Carry hiking boots in the car trunk at all times.

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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.








Nerve Damage & TKR Update

Hi my favorite readers! Recently, some of you have asked about nerve damage after a tkr. I thought it would be helpful to reprint an older post I wrote about this subject….

I’ve written before about how I have nerve damage on my tkr leg. The nerve damage, prior to my tkr, caused me extreme pain. Every time I’d stand up, I needed to wait for my skeletal system to get in place before moving. If I didn’t wait, the pain was too unbearable to walk.

Then, when going through the process of discussing tkr surgery, I found out the pain was caused by a bone spur. My bone spur grew due to my knee being bone-on-bone. The spur was grabbing hold of the nerve that went the length of my outer leg.

So, after my tkr, the nerve pain was still there. It was lessened, however. Then it seemed to gradually diminish. Woohoo!

Now, 18 months post tkr, I find that my nerve damage returns if I sleep for an extended time on my affected (surgical) side. Bummer…I thought I was over pain. (I’m chuckling to myself over that comment).

The past couple of days, I’ve made a discovery. I stretch prior to getting out of bed and it feels great. Slightly painful on my tkr leg due to the nerve…but MUCH better than the first few months after my tkr when I couldn’t stretch without immense pain from my nerve and tkr. It feels great to just stretch now. So, I get out of bed with the uncomfortable (but not severe) nerve pain in place. I gripe to myself, but accept it. Then, I go for my daily walk.

First I go downstairs. Gulp. Then, I get outside and stretch a bit more. It’s great being outdoors. The birds are chirping, the grasshoppers are out strolling (or hopping) and on a clear day like today…the mountains are in clear view. It’s truly a beautiful site that I am very grateful for.

As I start my walk, ouch. I feel a little out of sync. I continue, though, since I’m on a mission. Then, I notice that the pain completely stops. It’s as if my nerve has found its correct place and everything is working in alignment. Cool…

Well, thought I’d share this with anyone else going through the same thing. And for all who are in the beginning stages of your tkr recuperation…it does get better. Believe me on that.

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Knee Braces & A TKR

Prior to my total knee replacement, I tried everything I could to avoid the pain. One thing I did was wear a knee brace. It was painful and I didn’t understand why. That is, until I saw an x-ray of my knee.

I had bone spurs on each side of my knee that had developed due to my knee being bone-on-bone. I have written other blog posts about my bone spurs. They just need to be discussed in this article since they play a major role.

A knee brace stabilizes the knee joint by compressing the muscles. I can see how a brace would work for many people with knee concerns. However, the muscle compression caused my bone spurs to dig into my nerves more than usual. That is what caused the pain from wearing a knee brace.

Knee braces may be great for others, but they sure did not work for me. It just goes to show that everyone is different.

Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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Sleeping Concerns after a Total Knee Replacement

It seems to be a common consensus that patients have difficulty sleeping after undergoing a total knee replacement (tkr). I have received comments from some readers, and I can attest to the concern myself.

I mentioned in an earlier blog post, that I had a damaged nerve alongside my knee that causes problems. The damaged nerve is the result of bone spurs forming on each side of my damaged knee.

Well, that nerve problem results in my not getting a good night’s sleep. Irregardless of the position I am in, I awake experiencing pain from this. Luckily, the pain does not last. However, when it’s there…..it’s there. It’s sharp and quick.

Upon standing up from a prone position, I must wait a moment until my knee and body align. I find that the nerve pain diminishes when I bend my torso to the right. Experimentation is always underway. 🙂

I am not complaining, just stating a fact. My situation could be much worse and I am grateful it only involves a disruption of my sleep patterns.

Hope this helps others going through the same situation.

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Bones Spurs and a Total Knee Replacement

Prior to my total knee replacement, I was experiencing great pain on the outer portion of my “bad knee”. It seemed that a nerve was being pinched causing pain to shoot from my knee down to my ankle. Sometimes it was so painful, I needed crutches to walk.

After having x-rays taken, it turns out that my knee had developed bone spurs. Bone spurs were formed by my knee being bone-against-bone. They looked like hooks. In turn, these bone spurs were digging into my tissues and muscles. Bone spurs are known to cause nerve damage, and they were proving their point with me. I had, and still have, extensive nerve damage due to them.

Fast forward….Even though my bone spurs were removed during my total knee replacement surgery, I still experience pain due to the nerve damage caused by them. The pain is less severe than prior to my tkr, but it is still there. Sometimes it is worse than at other times. Oh well, that’s life. It could be much worse.

I thought I’d mention it since there are probably others experiencing the same thing.

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