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Offline e.lynch

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Need help after tkr
« on: September 03, 2006, 02:37:45 AM »
I had total knee replacement in June. I am only 45 and had partial on left knee april 04 and now total.  I had one set back with infection and am behind on physical therapy as i can only bend to 90 until infection is completely clear.  I am in the most pain first thing in am and last thing at night, is this the norm? I am on 2 oxycodone 5 mg each.  It's almost like restless leg syndrome where i can't get comfortable at night and in the morning, its sore because i tend to sleep in the fetal position.  Any advise would be great.  I am in fear of becoming hooked on the meds.  But, once i take it i am good to go (first dose 530 am and second 800 pm)

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Re: Need help after tkr
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2006, 02:57:26 AM »
You are perfectly normal and very early in your recovery. TKR is a major surgery and takes time to heal. Did you say you had a partial and then a total on the same knee. This is what happend to me and it takes longer to recover from a revison if this is what you had done. They have to take out the old prothesis and put in a new and every time you have surgery scar tissue builds.
Don't be afraid of getting addicted to your drugs. I am 8 months post op from my TKR and only over the past couple months have I been able to not take pain meds and I still take one occassionally to take the edge off. If you are not in pain you will recover faster and your rehab will go smoother. I still sleep with a heating pad on the back of my leg. It relaxes the muscles and helps me sleep. I have been going to a pain specialist for the past three years and have been on pain meds. I did not have any trouble getting off them. At first I tried to stop cold turkey and realized i couldn't do that so I started taking just one in the morning and one at night and then cut back to just one at night and now I can go with nothing for long periods of time. If I have a bad day I don't hesitate to take one. I notice I walk better if I'm not in pain and so I try to keep myself pain free.

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Re: Need help after tkr
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2006, 03:59:35 AM »
I think he mentioned he had two replacements one partial and one TKR .  Do not worry about taking pain medications if you are in pain.   Ask your doctor for a time line on what is normal for your procedure and to be taking pain medication post op.  If you feel you are not in pain but taking the medication anyway.. Thats where YOu should be concerned that you have an addiction.