New outlook on pain after this op.

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I am up early to ice my knee as I  was pretty active yesterday and we have some rainy weather today.  It dawned on me that I had a toothache and I took a half of one of my pain killers to work on both knee and tooth.  It dawned on me that I have a new outlook on pain after this operation.  They are going to do a root canal, and not that I'm looking for pain, but I have this experience to compare it to, it doesn't seem so bad.  You know after a couple days you'll be fine.  I guess that is a positive? 

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    Yup.....I reckon the pain after this operation is as bad as childbirth but it is relentless, so in a way worse!

    However, like childbirth, I am happy to say one forgets about it once it is over!

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    Yep, this op (my second TKR) certainly gives you perspective on pain and how long it lasts.  Hadn't experienced anywhere near it before.

    At least I know now I'll get through it, however unpleasant.

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    Don't forget to tell your dentist that if you ever have "anything involving pus"  eg an abscess,as my consultant quoted, make sure that you get antibiotics! Apparently infection in a tooth can get into your knee replacement! I will never complain about root fillings after my TKR which is currently wrapped in an ice pack as I did too much today! Glenda (5months post left TKR)
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      Glenda that was thoughtful.  Thank you.  I had to get clearance from the dentist to get the knee done and have antibiotics on hand.  Keep using that ice!  You don't have to worry about side effects with ice and heat.  I have a hot pad on my hip and will ice my knee after my stationary bike ride ha ha.... (too wet today to ride outside, although if snow stops, I may walk to get some fresh air.  SO nice to not dread a walk!)
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      Please note that the same applies to urinary tract infections, hence antibiotic cover before and after the catheter was removed after my recent TKR.  Very important to see doctor at the first twinge of cystitis.
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      Thank you! 😄 I forgot that one, I should have remembered as I had to have aunty B's before my operation as I had a urinary infection and didn't even know!! It was picked up at my pre op tests! 
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