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Hi all members this is my experiece of tkr was under gp for ages before sending me to a surgeon to have the op after said surgery very  painfull as most of you know. had a lot of trouble getting proper pain relief from gp he said man up and deal with the pain or i may get addicted to pain meds if he gave them to me for to long ie 3/4 weeks about 2 years  later he had the same op  when i spoke to him at the surgery he applogized that he had restricted my pain meds and he now knows what some of us go through

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    Hi Alan,

    what a total ass!!

    im so sorry you had to go through such pain with no long term pain relief.  I sorta understand that they're addictive but it's a hell of an operation to get over.  So glad he understands now.  I had my bilateral tkr's replace do in October last year and still need pain relief.  I admit, I have other problems but the knees get very stiff and sore and the colder weather seems to make it worse.

    i hope this time you're properly medicated and get over the op quickly.   Good luck to you.

    Sue x

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    I hope my gp has to have this op also for 5 years he kept telling me I was too young for to have tkr and best thing I could do was to keep mobile I was 49 am now nearly 55 in October 2014 I had enough and asked to be referred to the hospital I was seen as an nhs patient at a private hospital dr took x Ray's and said I was bone on bone and if I wanted tkr he was willing to do it had op March 2015 said other knee was troubling me and said he would see me in 6 months in that time asked my gp for pain relief and was told he couldn't treat my arthritis pain had my second op March this year 
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    Hi Alan, I have to assume that in a odd way this gave you a slight feeling of satisfaction ? Just goes to show that only people going through this trauma can know the real depths of pain and discomfort we have to go through!

    i have had both my knees done and now I realise it is the best thing I have done! Both knees were bone on bone so extremely painful but once the pain from the op had gone the knees had no pain.

    my problem now is getting off the painkillers so would love to know from anyone else who had the same problem. My doctor, when I first started having awful knee pain, put me on slow release morphine capsules and they are what I want desperately to stop taking. I have spoken to my doctor about this and she said I should go slowly and adjust to a lower dose. This I am trying to do with great difficulty.

    the whole knee thing has been one long trauma and not this is another problem to over come!

    anyone with comments who has suffered or still is suffering this problem would be most welcome! X

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    Hi Alan!

    I'm sorry to hear that you had such a rough time of it getting the medication you needed for pain. Yes, doctors are quite stingy with pain medication, and narcotics are VERY closely monitored.

    I guess it is SOME comfort to know that your doctor NOW knows first hand how surgery feels. Apologies from a person DO help a bit.

    I hope that you are healing well and that you can move forward without lots of pain. This surgery is a rough one, but, with time, we can begin to feel better.

    Thank you for sharing your story today.

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    It's gd he has been on otha end...he certainly be a lot more compassionate with his patients now!!
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    Really! Pretty outrageous from a doctor. A shame u have to deal with him or her.if your concerned with med addiction, which I think most of us are, I suggest you look up thru Google, when to be worried about coming addicted to, drug name, after surgery??? Good luck during this time. I promise with each day brings new healing 🍀
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    Isn't that just terrible!! If they don't want to give out narcotic based drugs they could at least discuss other alternatives to try and ease the pain which is often awful for months. Why not review a person's drug intake after a month and discuss cutting back or trying another type of pain relief?  I am now 5 weeks post second TKR. Hospital were going to send me home with codeine but I complained bitterly that they had been treating me with tramadol and oromorph so why would things be different when i get home. In the end they gave me a weeks supply of tramadol and said that because of the nature of the drug they wanted me to transfer to my GP for for further meds so it could be monitered. I called the surgery and they had a GP call me back. I told her that the hospital obviously wanted my intake of the drug monitered due to their nature and i wasn't keen to get addicted to anything but right now i needed them. She said fine and put out a prescription for a 100 of them.

    ​I have now stopped taking the Tramadol, well i did until i hurt my back this week. But they were making me sleepy so i wanted to stop them. I don't have too much pain now and i don't see physios so i don't get tortured like some of you poor people! I know the pain will ease because I have done this once before. I don't wish it on anyone who is dismissive of giving out decent pain relief but clearly some of them will never realise the pain we go through unless they experience it themselves. Good luck to you all. Be good to yourselves and don't let the medical profession push you around.  You'll get there eventually, we all will.... It just feels never-ending for a while.

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      Boy do I hear you. You could not say it any plainer.... Like I've been saying, ask ask ask! We are a generation brought up to not ask for anything... I've learned several years ago n my go to is " if you don't ask you'll never know the answer".  Go for it people, no one is going to cut your head off....😇🍀
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    Bet he screamed the loudest ..Hope you have recovered
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