Overall body aches

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Did some exercise at gym today which was hard even though I took it easy. My main purpose is to do bike to help with ROM. But I am noticing I have body aches all over. Not so much knee that is just a bit of pain but body aches are something I get since surgery. Anyone else have this issue and should I take low dose percocet? Is not needing Percocet everyday causing these pains maybe? Idk 

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    How long is it since your TKR ?. Recovery can be painful , you have had really serious surgery your whole body will react to it . Exercise is very important , but it is important not to over do the exercise . Recover at your own pace , don't try to rush it . Take medication if you are having pain , don't try to be brave and put up with pain . Much easier to exercise and move about normally if you're not in pain . It may seem like a long journey , but at the end of it there will be many pain free years .  

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      Thank you so much. I ended up taking the Percocet in the end. It use to be so much worse in earlier weeks. I am 10 weeks post op. I still need to practice a few heelslides which are definitely my least favorite thing lol 
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      May sound crazy to you but I sort of enjoyed doing heel slides . Did them on a board and marked my progress each time . It was a challenge for me , but I never over did the slides , as often as possible trying for a small improvement each time . Didn't always work but a great feeling when the latest mark was in front of the other on the board . Coming up to 2o years since my left knee and it has been fine with no problems . Something for you to look forward to . 

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      That’s remarkablesmile did you continue with heelslides for a very long time? I was so happy when for the first time they took my measurement Thursday in heelslide position and it read 120. I could barely do 110 on Tuesday so I was relieved. 10 weeks post op
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      I think I did heel slides and other exercises for about 6 months , then I returned to work . My medication was Co-Codamol 30/500 mg  2 x 4 times daily if required, 200mg Ultram (Slow release Tramadol) and Diclofenac a  NSAID . 50mg 1x 4 times daily . I had no problems with taking the medication or stopping it . As many of us here have said "it's not a one size fits all scenario" . We all recover at different rates , and respond differently to medication . 

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    Hello Robin,

    ?I had body aches for about4 weeks after surgery, but they gradually went away. I am taking Tramadol for my knee pain. You might ask your Doctor about changing your meds. I was glad when I got off my Opioid's, then I wasn' having body aches so much. Ask about Tramadol it's not addicting as what your taking.

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      Thanks Ronnie I see him for follow up on the 1st I will ask him. The all body aches have improved immensely and are seldom now. But in the beginning it was awful. Surgeon’s office said not a result of surgery but I am certain it was/is. I had never been like that previously & I wasn’t with an illness. I appreciate your sharing your experience!

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    You have body aches because you have been sedentary for a long period of time.  No Percocet...like hitting a fly with a sledgehammer.  Once off the opioids, ditch them and stay far away from them.  Just some ibuprofen to reduce the inflammation you are experiencing.  Take it ON SCHEDULE so it builds up in your bloodstream...it's not an instant fix.  Nice warm bath to soothe those achy muscles.  Voltaren Gel (RX in the US) is a great topical anti-inflammatory.  If you are experiencing this, you may be doing too much too fast.  Resume full activity gradually...it takes a while...patience...

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      Body aches have gotten much better. Applied gel but leg is not happy I think I overdid today. Learning that balance is so tough. I tried rode stationary bike to work on ROM only 20 min. Did a brief walk and heel slides. But knee is throbbing. Palms are sweaty. Trying to ride it out a little. I only take 1 5/325 Percocet a day if possible. I plan to not use them at all once PT is finally over. I need to keep leg quiet I guess for awhile today and maybe try heel slides tonight and that’s it
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      I would continue the Percocets until PT is done...yes, good idea.  Most of us get off the opioids right after PT.  One drug down from Percocet is Tramadol...a very mild opioid.  Some people use it as a transition to plain ibuprofen.  Listen to your body...this whole thing takes a long time.  A complete recovery takes about a year.  Plan for it.  If you're back to normal in 9-10 months then celebrate.  Some symptoms can last for 18 months.  Overdoing it does not help...  Relax, do the work, be patient.

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