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This might take some beliveing but i swear it is true.................had my TKR end od March (have posted a few things regarding the op)..........I have been sort of hanging on to see what happened.............anyway the point im getting to is.............before i went in for my op i did smoke and have done for many many years..(im only being honest) BUT since the op the thought of having a cigerette to be totaly honest makes me feel sick, i cant stand the smell of them either................has anyone else had this? my family cant believe it, is there something in a persons knee contected to smoking?......if anyone can tell me i would be very VERY greatfull as i am shocked as to why its happened...........i will be mentioning it to the doctor at the hospital on my next check up to see what he says..........not for a while yet but i will let anyone thats interested know, thanks xxx

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    Yes, the anasethic or the pain killers? Are you still on pain killers? The pain killers literally killed my appetite for food and wine (which I enjoy every evening smile for awhile, but unfortunately those "desires" came back after being off the pain pills for awhile.

    Hopefully your distaste for cigerettes will be permanent smile

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    Could be the effects of the anesthesia. That sometimes messes with the brain and sensory system. I'd say you received a great blessing. Dint mention it to the Dr, he may want to charge you more fore the surgery.

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      LOL LOL yes you could be right, i may have come up with the treatment for stopping smoking.......have a TKR..................bit drastic to go that far to stop  though lol lol
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    Hi Linda, I'm glad your op went well and that your well on the road to recovery.

    There are some reports of a change in the sense of taste or smell after anesthesia but this has, to my knowledge, never been properly studied. In other words, we don't know whether such changes have occurred by chance and have nothing to do with the anesthesia, or whether they are truly a result of the anesthesia. There are many possible causes for a decrease in food taste and smell including the common cold. If the changes persist then i suggest you ask your GP or surgeon on your next visit.

    Also sometimes pain meds can alter your sense of taste and smell, hopefully your aversion to smoking will stay as after any form of operation can be more prone to infections in smokers.

    Sip fresh orange juice if you start to crave again.

    Well done.

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      My other half smokes, it has never bothered me up to the last week or so, i didnt even mind the smell........but now it is starting to get on my nerves, i am going to mention it the next check up purly to just see what he says and if its happened before, i have smoked for a good 40 plus years so its very strange at the moment lol
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    I used to smoke, I quit 6 years ago, but I remember ciggerettes never tasted good when I was not feeling well,  The pain meds, the anesthesia, as said, etc.,   

    But keep a positive PMA, as you now can see how you are fine without them....if the desire comes back, try and ignore it - you have a head start!  smile 

    Good luck! 

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      i do have this outlook...........if i wanted one....i would have one.................maybe thats where a lot go wrong, instead of saying to themselves "im not having one"........they should just think its there and nobody is denying them one....................just my thought on it xx

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    Hi Linda ann,

    I'd say one of the positive spin offs from anesthetic. Hope it continues. A word of wisdom ................ you may well find your self putting on weight. I don't know what state your knee is in post op - but find yourself an exercise programme to do regularly, walking, cycling, gym -  whatever is appropriate for you.

    I gave up smoking in 1985 and battled with a weight problem for some years following giving up.

    ?John

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      Hi John, i have the dreaded wieght problem because of not been able to get around before the knee op...........i am still battleing trying to get it off, my other half says i dont eat enough to loose the weight, i am up and about, no crutches since the first week, to be honest, and i have said it other threads, the biggest problem i am having is with the none op leg regards pulling mustles
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    Hi

    I also found my sense of smell was enhanced after my operation. Could not stand the plug in air freshener smell, as well as washing machine smells like comfort ( in the UK)

    It did get better after 2 to 3 months, but for you maybe a reason to quit smoking !

    Good healing

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      Not had anything else ................also (it may sound strange again to none smokers).....i have to say i use to love a ciggy, i mean i really really enjoyed one, i cant honestly see me starting again, many thats for reply x
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      I am so with your outlook, I quit after like you smoking for 40 odd years, I got up Christmas morning 7 years this year lit one and thought ugh, I put it out but at first I didn't consciously think I'm quitting/quit I just didn't want one, when my other half who has never smoked (he never moaned either) finally noticed about a week later LOL I kept ciggys in the house and finally got rid of them about 5 years ago, I can honestly say it was a good move for me and I haven't looked back and seeing someone smoke now doesn't bother me but the smell does

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      Cold turkey worked for me as well. I was a traveling salesman and cigarettes (plus a little Jack Daniels) were my best friend. One cold, early Feb evening I ran out cigarettes around 10 p.m. The decision now came down to : go out in the freezing cold, wet night and replenish the supply or quit. I quit and never looked back. I was the only smoker in the house and it took a couple of weeks before anyone knew I had stopped. Took a long time to get the smell out of the place. That's been over 45 years and I never picked up another one.

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      What about the Jack Daniels? smile    Hi OFG, so nice to see a familiar name since 2014 when I had my TKR. I still see the postings on this forum, although obviously I'm no longer active.

      I also follow the postings on the hip replacement forum, as I was supposed to have THR May 15th, but had to cancel due to an emergency root canal. I am hoping for early fall now.

      Hope you are doing well ~ you are a real trooper! I also hope your dear wife is doing well.

      Betty

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      Still fighting the good fight. Betty from So. Cal?

      Unfortunately, things haven't been going well for my wife. Almost a year ago she was on the patio without her walker (absolute no no), fell and broke a hip which required a PHR. She had an adverse reaction to the anesthesia and it really escalated her dementia. The catheter created some bladder issues and that's a battle unto itself. She is now very frail and has become more and more dependent on me and is much more frail. Her appetite has diminished and its hard to find much that caters to her taste. My son in CA wants to try and help me so he ordered several meals a month from the online company, Blue Apron. They are very tasty and nutritios and require limited prep time so I may increase the number or try another company for variety.

      My goal is still to maintain her at home and unless there is a drastic change, I should be able to get through the rest of the year.

      Hope you get the hip done soon so you can get on with and through recovery.

      Jack Daniels? Good friend of mine for years. When I quit there was talk they may have to drop the night shift.

      You take care

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      Yes, the same Betty from So Cal! Oh Rolland, I am SO very sorry to hear about your wife! You both have been through so much in the past three years I have "known" you.

      I'm very familiar with Blue Apron and do hope it not only helps to get your wife to eat, but relieve you of the time it takes to shop and prepare meals yourself.

      How are you doing? What "stage" is your knee in now, after that horrlble infection and everything else you had to endure? Are you able to get around now unaided? Work in your yard?

      Good talking to you again ~ you take care as well!

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      As expected, I still and will have a pain level that requires meds, generally at night. I walk with a noticeable limp as the leg can't achieve and maintain strength. The leg is kind of scary looking. With all the surgeries I've had in that area there has been so much soft tissue loss I've got a hole that looks like a small cup holder. I just keep on moving so it doesn't freeze on me. I said I wasn't going to do flower beds this year BUT I put out 18 planters, another 4 dz bedding plants and expanded my host a garden. Our problem, a lot of that stuff won't really take off till next year. Between wind, rain and squirrels its been a tough year to get things moving. By Aug it will start amounting to something for fall. We've had a lot of rain so the ground is soaked for awhile.

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