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Being Sensitive to the Cold – Total Knee Replacement

Recently, I came across some questioning from other total knee replacement people (tkr) going through recuperation. It seems that some were wondering if it was “normal” to get cold so easily. As they were talking, something rang a bell in my thought processes. “Ah…being extra sensitive to the colder weather must be part of the healing process,” I thought to myself.

It’s just funny how I didn’t think much about this aspect prior to hearing others being concerned about it. Yes, I too, find that I need to get “bundled up” more than I normally would. It seems that I get chills much easier than I “normally” would.

At home, fleece and/or flannel clothing work well. Even a knit cap does wonders during the night.

My knee is still swollen (almost nine months after my tkr). This means that my immune system is still not up to par. So, I need to take extra precautions that the average bear would not have to.

Oh well, so be it. Maybe this information will help others going through the same situation. As Red Green likes to say, “We’re all in this together.”

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7 Responses

  1. wow, knee replacement sucks 😦

  2. I was not making that point at all.
    Sorry you misinterpreted it that way.

  3. I have also been “cold” since my surgery btkr the end of June. My family and I have disagreed about using the ac and now that it’s getting cold outside we’ll probably argue over the heater now! I understand what they’re all talking about being sensitive to the cold

  4. hi i had tkr in jan of 08 and am doing well. i havent had my teeth cleaned in a year and recently went in to have it done. this new dentist, in a new town, told me i should have extra deep cleaning (lots more expense) done so i wouldnt get any infections. is this just a come on?? so the dds can earn more? i have never had any more than routine cleanings and fillings and dont have any particular dental problems. any help is appreciated greatly

  5. Hi Ginny,
    I just sent you a private email, too. In my case, I was told that for two years after my tkr I would need to take antibiotics every time I had any type of dental work done.
    My dentist believes this is “old school” thought. Time will tell. For now, it’s simply a precautionary measure.
    Like you, I do not have any particular dental problems. It’s strange having to take antibiotics just for a dental cleaning. 🙂
    Good luck!

    • My dentist is very progressive and she takes plaque scrapings before teeth cleaning (which should be done twice a year). Under the microscope you can easily see the amount and type of bacteria in the mouth. They arrive from many different sources- and are not an indication of how clean one is. Have a peek and decide if you want to risk that bacteria from making its way to your replacement. As for me- there is little harm in being cautious.

  6. I follow your blog for quite a long time and must tell that your articles always prove to be of a high value and quality for readers.

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