On November 3rd, I had my total knee replacement surgery on my right knee done. I knew that there would be pain afterwards, but I wasn't prepared for the amount of pain or the loss of my independence. The medications that I was on caused me to loose my appetite, and I don't think that anyone noticed that I had stopped eating. By the time my children came to take me home, I was quite weak, and in so much pain, that all I could do was sit in my livingroom and cry.
I was able to do my rehab at home, but it seems like I am being pushed to bend my knee backto 90-120 degrees right away. What part about pain and swelling doesn't anyone get? I learned the hard way about narcotics causing constipation, and it would be a great help to me to learn fron others who have gone through this on what to do and what not to do in order to heal physically, emotionally and mentally.