I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced a delay in pain after doing leg exercises? For example, if I use my bike pedals, it feels fine while I'm doing the exercise but a couple hours later, my knees are killing me. Both knees have been replaced 2 - 2 1/2 yrs ago & they still aren't right but so far no OS has been able to tell me what is wrong with them.
Yesterday, I started working with a PT to see if we can figure out what is wrong with them. We did a step machine for several minutes (very lightly), some quad contractions, hamstring stretching, & some leg lifts. I had some pain with the quad contractions in one knee but overall it felt so great to work my muscles even if it was just lightly. I left feeling good. About 20 minutes later my right knee (the worse one) felt like something was jammed up under the knee cap in the front of the knee. I tried moving it around to try to dislodge whatever it was but nothing helped. This has happened before when I do exercises - always after a delay of 20 mins to 2 hours. Last night, about 8 pm, my right knee was in serious hurt mode! The left knee hurt some but not too badly. I got maybe 2 hours of sleep last night. The rest of the time, I laid in bed hoping the vicodin & ice would kick in at some point! Today has been a huge challenge just trying to make it through the day at work. Tonight, the knees are almost back to their normal level of pain.
I'm wondering why the exercises feel good when I do them but then after awhile the pain is so bad? My knees are always a bit swollen but they don't get more swollen when the pain is so bad. I talked to the PT today. We were both disappointed that the knee pain was so bad with a fairly low level of exercises. I'm going to wait a couple days & then try just doing the hamstring stretches to see if my knees can handle that. I'm hoping we can get some good diagnostics to take to whoever my next OS (OS #4) is.