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I'm 4 weeks out and still in pain and the pain pills constipate me

Really bad that I have to use laxatives and enemas anyone else

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    Hi

    I'm also 4.weeks post op, I'm having problems with bending my knee further than 60 degrees , also I'm like you suffering with constipation , apparently it's the painkillers that are the cause. It's been a tough ride I must t say. I hope you start feeling better soon

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    I had TKR surgery on January 8th. Been 4 1/2 weeks I had the problem with the constipation also caused from oxycodone I took Miralax and it helped. I started eating Craisins everyday and I had helped. I stopped it and took  Advil 800mg every 4 hrs. I’ve not been in a lot of pain just discomfort with soreness of muscles on the top of thigh and then runs down hip and side of leg and calf. I went to a massage therapist today and it had total helped so far.  I’ve been able to get my knee to 120 degree and 0 degree straight. Just still have trouble sleeping but been taking me melatonin and it has helped. Hope you all get help. 
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      Henrid, you're doing fantastic! Be careful of overdosing on Advil or Tylenol as it can cause liver damage or liver failure. I caught my liver damage early. It took milk thistle and liver cleanses to get my liver function tests back to normal range. Best wishes for continued recovery! 

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      That swollen and slightly warm is normal - that indicates fluid.  However, red and fevered is NOT normal and can indicate something serious such as infection.  Not to be an alarmist, but what you describe should be addressed with your doctor.  
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    Drinking lots of water, prunes, senna tablets all can help.

    Hope things improve for you soon!

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    Try taking class and mirilax morning and night. Much more gentle on the system. Not unusual for constipation to happen if you aren't used to pain meds. Oxycodone is more constipating than hydrocodone. One other tip. Increase the neck out of water intake. Keep hydrated and that will help. Also increase fibre in your diet

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    On the opioid side, there are hydrocodone (Vicodin, Norco, etc.) and oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet, etc.).  National Institutes of Health studies have documented that hydrocodone is much more constipating than oxycodone. If you're on hydro, consider asking your doc to switch you to oxy.  Same painkilling relief.  In either case, it's ALWAYS advisable to take a stool softener REGULARLY when you are on ANY opioid-type medication...including straight codeine.  Hydrate a lot, avoid constipating foods, etc.  MOVE AROUND!!!

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