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.

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.

Find interesting? Kindly share….

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.

Decreased Nerve Damage & A TKR

For the first 13 months after my total knee replacement, I had severe nerve pain on the outer portion of my tkr leg. I wrote about this previously and found out that it seems to be a pretty common occurrence after undergoing this surgery.

Well, something surprising has happened within the last month. This nerve pain is 95% gone. I am not woke up at night from this sharp pain. I can move my leg in different ranges without any pain. And, I do not have to wait a bit upon standing in order to have my nerve ‘position’ itself properly. This is interesting to me.

I would like to attribute it to the fact that I exercise diligently. When riding my upright bicycle, I notice my nerve is also getting a workout. I can feel it move along side my tkr joint. It does not hurt, but seems to be stretching out. That is how it feels to me, anyways.

If I am not riding my upright bike, I using walking as my exercise. Not only does this help my all around health, but my tkr leg loves it. My nerve is not painful at all while I do this. It used to be.

Even though I may have written about how excited I was about not having this severe nerve damage pain anymore….I’m doing it again since it is such a remarkable improvement.

I am sure I still have nerve damage (I don’t think it ever heals itself…does it?) but perhaps the holistic treatment of exercise and time has diminished it profoundly.

I don’t have a definitive answer other than whatever it is….I hope it continues!

Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

(To Murphy: Please don’t follow me after this post. I’m crossing my fingers. )

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Hockey Day In Canada – 02/21/09

Today is Hockey Day in Canada. It is a day set aside to celebrate the grass roots level of hockey across the country of Canada. And, luckily, it is broadcast on the NHL Network.

If you have not had a chance to watch this wonderful televised event, please do. For those going through rough times (I have a tendency to get depressed over my nerve minor is that?!)…there are inspiring stories throughout this broadcast. You will see and hear about people with disabilities playing, stories of support and encouragement, and also see charity work in place.

Plus, it is just so cute to see small kids learning to play..with their equipment being bigger than they are. 🙂
Another positive thing about this day is the amount of hockey history one can learn about. Woohoo!!

It is an absolutely wonderful way to spend the day. Watching hockey, seeing kids play, and seeing hockey veterans help in anyway they can. How cool….

Oh…starting at 3pm EST…it is a TRIPLE HEADER of hockey between Canadian teams. 🙂

Thanks NHL Network….

Another Benefit of Isometrics After a TKR

A couple of posts earlier, I mentioned how isometrics involving the buttocks was a suggested exercise prior to undergoing a total knee replacement. It helps strengthen the muscles to aid you during your tkr recuperation process. It goes without saying that we need all the help we can get. 😕

Anyways, I have come up with an additional reason to do this exercise. I “discovered” it when experiencing my pain due to nerve damage. Here’s how it goes….

When my nerve is kicking out the pain, I do my buttock isometric exercise. Why? It turns out to be a great counter irritant. 🙂 That means that it eases the nerve pain due to emphasizing the feeling of tightening my butt muscles. It’s cool….

As another example of a counter irritant, I’ll use the popular remedy known as Ben Gay. Ben Gay is known as a counter irritant since it causes the skin to tingle so tremendously that one forgets about the joint pain (the symptom they are trying to ease). Instead of the joint pain being an irritant, as usual, the skin tingling takes precedence. 🙂 Due to this, one thinks that the joint pain is gone. I hope I’m explaining this well.

Anyways, I am pleased to know that my all-natural approach to smacking my nerve pain can be done by using my butt muscles (or, “glutes” as fitness folks like to say).

I’ll stop patting my back now, it’s hurting.

Hope this helps someone else going through the same irritation of having nerve damage pain while recuperating from a total knee replacement.

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