knee replacement

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3 years now I have been waiting for knee replacement surgery, I went again back in may to be told that it would be this September, I have now been told it will be next june because Wrexham maelor hospital has just lost 2 doctors in the trauma and orthopaedic department I am in terrible pain and my doctor has put me on tramadol which I have been on for some months now but even the tramadol is failing now, is there anything I can do to ease this pain? I am walking around the bedroom at 3 am in the morning because I cant sleep for the pain and there is no way I can last till next june, I cant afford to go private or I would, letters from my doctor, mp, amd colmplaints dept at the maelor have not helped at all, I just don't know what to do,?

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    Hi Max,

    See your GP about pain control as you may need some break through pain relief between the Tramadol. The middle of the  night is always the worse.

    Can your GP not refer you somewhere else that could do it as under  NHS choices you do have the option to go elsewhere. but they will always tell you that. Do a bit of research.

    I am 8 month post  TKR  had to wait 5 months but feeling the benefit so wish you all the best,

    BW

    Jan

     

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    Next step up in meds is an opioid like hydrocodone (Vicodin, Norco) or oxycodone (Percocet).  On the topical side, Voltaren Gel is very good anti-inflammatory.
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