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I had bilateral knee replacement surgery June 27th. I decided on bilateral as my legs got extremely deformed and bowed in the past 12 years. Now they are straight, and I have 120 degree flexion, and full extension. I'm still having a challenge with managing pain with meds, and per doc's advice decreased to taking 5 mg oxycodone 3 to 4 times throughout 24 hours. I also started taking lorazepam for sleep as waking up every 2-3 hours for past 5 weeks was a drag. I still wake up a couple of times per night. I'm icing several times per day, and night when I wake up. I'm meeting with my orthopedist this week and he wants to take me off all narcotics and just take Advil. I'm not ready for that. How do I convince him that I still need stronger pain meds? My early evenings are the worst, and it seems every day I'm brought to tears with discomfort with deep inner ache not only in my knees, but also radiating down my legs and arches, and lower back. I keep on wondering if I have radiating pain due to the fact that my legs were straightened and now my body has to compensate for this new straight leg gait. My lower back hurts also after some walking. My activity is limited to getting around the house including stairs, walking 1 to 2 hours per day running errands, 10 min on stationary bike and my PT exercises. Is that too much? I'm told by my PT that I should not be walking much - but how much is too much? Should I not be running any errands? I need to get out to not get depressed. And how do you build up your strength? My right knee is way stiffer and painful than right knee. When does one get back to more routine and normal existence? I have not gone back to work yet. I know that recovery is very individual for everyone. When can I expect some type of breakthrough, and get through a day without any pain? Anyone with bilateral knee experience out there that can shed some light on my dilemma? Thanks!
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