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I am due to have my TKR this Wednesday. I am considering having a spinal block instead of a general and would be interested in others experiences of this.
I am very concerned about post surgery pain relief as my previous experiences of morphine and all other opioids has been dreadful. The only pain relief I am able to take is ibuprofen and paracetamol, which hardly seems adequate for this surgery. Anti sickness drugs also don't appear to work. Voltarol gives me stomach cramps so I'm really struggling with what to take.
The pre op nurse suggested I might be better off with a spinal block, which could be left in and then topped up with pain relief as required.
I have waited a long time for this surgery under the NHS so am relieved it is finally going ahead, but I'm getting very nervous.
Any advice would be welcome.
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