Re: day 11 after knee surgery...why am i in so much pain still
First of all, what kind of knee surgery did you have - an arthroscope or a total knee replacement? Regardless, everyone who answered you so far is RIGHT - you're expecting too much too soon! Whichever procedure you had is STILL MAJOR SURGERY, ESPECIALLY A TKR! Plus, everyone heals at different rates, so 11 days post surgery is NOT that long a time to expect pain to be completely gone!!!
I happen to be a fast healer, and after my second TKR on March 23rd (left knee - had right TKR in April of last year, along with a scope of the left knee during that surgery.), I was up on the walker the SAME DAY OF SURGERY AND WALKED 200 FEET!!! (Granted I was full of painkillers which helped, but I was determined to walk the same day. My surgeon was thrilled when he came on rounds two days later.) By week 4, I was barely using my cane and was starting to walk up and down stairs normally one foot after the other, which is usually the LAST ability to come back post TKR! Last year, it took almost 4 MONTHS before all the pain in my right TKR disappeared completely! This year, it only took 4 WEEKS in the left TKR for that to happen! So, you see, it can even be different healing times within the SAME PATIENT for the same kind of surgery!!!
Cut yourself a break and chill out. Try to rest the knee as much as you can if it was just a scope and elevate it when you're lying down. You can ice it for 20 minutes at a time several times a day to keep the swelling down. Try NOT to take too many painkillers a day. You don't want to get addicted to that stuff - it's strong and it works, but very addictive! If you had a TKR, you should be going to physical therapy at least 3 times a week to rebuild the surrounding muscles in the knee. Try and take the painkiller about an hour before PT so you can stay ahead of the pain.
Stay positive and motivated and I promise you will be feeling better in a few more weeks.
Hope this advice helps.