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Its now 10 days since my TKR and would like to share what the past 10 days have been like as this will assist people who are either sitting on the fence or people like me who were and are desperately trying to find an alternative cure.
The first 3 days were quite serve and pain level was controlled by 800mg of Tramadol each day which believe you me does make you hallucinate, like the wall paper crawling up the wall, people coming to life if newspaper pictures but the heavy doses did help. I did have self administer Morphine when in Hospital but that was very short lived due to the addictive complications that the drug can cause.
I started mobility the second day using a mixture of crutches and zimmer frame, never thought I would use one if them, but needs must !!
I worked out a simple philosophy on the paid. The paid endured prior the operation being classed as the negative pain due to the fact that it was a pain that was always there with no hope of going away unless something drastic was done. The new paid, post op has been classed as the positive pain, and this is because this new pain will start to improve and subside over a period of time and hopefully be removed completely.
After day 6 I started to do my exercise in vain until it hurts ! that was the surgeon’s actual advice – to exercise every 20 minutes until it hurts !! talk is cheap I said to him as you don’t have to do it
He did give me a bit of good new though as he pointed out that my left leg was now straight and the bow had been removed by turning the leg to he left when using the cutting blocks. As he said that if they had left it as it was I would have been back in there 5 years time for a remedial op.
Days 8 and 9 noticed less paid and more movement now starting to load bear on the new knee this has been quite a mind over matter thing as just waiting for the pain to shoot up my keg when there is nothing, no pain. Today day 10 have started more walking totally un-aided for short periods with my wife by my side just in case but so far all looking very good and no regrets – perhaps the only regret I’ve got is that I did not have the operation years ago !!
Will post again with another progress report after I have my staples taken out next Monday. I hope my relating this experience will encourage others to bite the bullet and have the TKR done sooner rather than later
Best wishes Jude
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