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pcooley55
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Date Joined Dec 2016
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   Posted 12/17/2016 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
turn Hi i am new here. I should have found this site sooner but alas, better late than never. I am 61 and Oct
12 2016 I had total knee replacement on my left knee. Only thing between the bones were spurs! I had been putting it out of fear of the amount of pain, fibro flare and its like pulling teeth to get anything stronger than Tramadol which is basically a placebo

So had it done and long story short it was absolutely amazing. That afternoon of surgery i stood erect on the side of my bed and there was no bone crunching, no feeling like i was crawling on Hot shards of glass. I walked down the hall, went up 8 steps and down, with no assistance except the hand rail, and back to my bed. It only got better from there. Your leg is wrapped from thigh to toe and must stay that way till the next day when nurse comes to change dressing and teach you how to do it every day. My therapists said he has done this pt for 23 years and has NEVER see one turn out so well so fast. Got the staples out and went on like i never had surgery. They gave me 50 Norco 7.5-325mg take 1 or 2 as needed every 4 to 6 hrs and an appt for 2 wks later to get the 29 staples out. I had to take pain pill before therapy and at night. I had 1/2 a bottle left. Never needed a refill.

7 wks later Dec 7 I had the other knee done. WARNING let your fibro body and mind HEAL before having the 2nd leg done. The pain i am dying with right now and since day one is fibro is red hot from thigh to ankles. I am talking about in serious pain in recovery, like the nerve block did not take. Pain all that day and so much pain thru the night. they do this lil morphine boost injection, very diluted and give you Oxycontin every 4 hours. I would sleep a couple hours and they would give me arthritis tylenol. Dr said surgery was the same as last but its two major surgeries in 7 wks so fibro is nuts. I am doing therapy but struggling to say the least. The pain we feel from the knees is worse than the pain after surgery....unless you dont wait long enough. And for GODS SAKE do not do them both at the same time

Ljm2014
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Date Joined May 2014
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   Posted 12/18/2016 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry you are having it so tough this time around..

Are you able to take pain meds to help through the therapy?

Can you use topical pain relievers.. I get a good bit of help from them...

Do you ice or use heat?

pcooley55
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Date Joined Dec 2016
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   Posted 12/19/2016 7:17 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks. I am on 7..5-325mg Norco 1 or 2 every 4 to 6 hours. I have to take 2 every 4 hours with advil in between to avoid crying from the pain. I am supposed to start out patient therapy this morning. Will see what they say when they acess me. My appt is Thurs to remove 29 staples ugh. I know it feels better afterword but the knee still feels unstable, by now i was off m eds and putting all my weight on surgical knee. Maybe this is "normal" for a wk after surgery plus fibro makes it worse. I have slept longer than 3 hours at night since surgery and still have to sleep in my recliner with pillow under foot and calf
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