Tin replacement may 1st 2017

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I'm frustrated and don't know what to do. After my first tie may 1st this year. It was very painful at first and the swelling was awful. By 3 months I am doing great. So at 3 1/2 months my left knee is bone on bone and screaming. So I made an Appt to thave the left one done 10/30/2017. I am being told how difficult it was to control my pain by the fed and at 6 weeks whether I'm ready or not that will take my pain meds  away. My pain clinic dr is furious that Iam scheduling another surgery. Yet he tells me it's typical for people to have these kind of pain management issues. I'm so scared, hurt, confused. I feel like I did something wrong and no one is listening to me. Help please. Lynn

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    All up to you.  Some people get them done at the same time (I think they are insane), others do #2 within months of the first.  For me, I'm 18-months post-op on #1 and I'm gonna wait another year to get #2.  My pain is all gone by now but the memories of those "drooling-on-my-pajamas" days still linger a bit too fresh in my mind.  Plus I need to get a lot stronger in rebuilding all my quads, glutes and core strength before I'll do the second one.

    Again...everyone does this differently.  Doc told me I can buy more time with another round of SynVisc (very successful on me years ago) but #2 isn't really bothering me right now.  Nice to have an option.  If you had luck with the lubricant, you might consider buying yourself that time to get past your current pain and heal some more before #2.  Others just want all the pain over with so they get both done quickly.  Everyone gets to choose their own poison...

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    Thank you for your reply. By 4 months I'm doing great. But the pain didn't subside until 3 1/2 months. If I get it before the end of the year it's all paid for. But they will only give me pain meds for 6 weeks. I'm tuff oughta luck. That means I will spend about a month and a half hurting pretty bad

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      Docs may have no problem prescribing Tramadol...a very mild opioid.  You may get some relief.  There's also Voltaren Gel (RX in the US)...second best topical anti-inflammatory on the planet.  Works great in about 15 minutes.

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      Each replacement is different in its recovery so you can't always expect the same results. Of course, that goes both ways. Interesting that a p a in management Dr would be so hard and fast. Where are you located. Some statesseem to be holding the Drs feet to the fire making them scared of losing their license if they practice medicine. Instead of a pain mgmt guy, maybe talking to your primary care Dr would bring different results. Sometimes they are able to supply you with a pain med cocktail that works. The hospital ( a university teaching med center) had a rigid 3 refill policy but it was just to give the Drs a way to say no. My Dr says don't worry, I know you aren't over doing them and you arent peddling them on the street so within safety limits I'll give you what you need. Hope you can get it worked out as its not a pleasant thought having to live in tkr pain

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      I ve found my pcp better at pain management than the surgeon. I would change surgeons rather than rely on the PA. Parr of my problem with staph was caused by PA not paying attention to me when I called with serious drainage. She ignored the very signs that the hospital warned me about on my discharge papers. I want a Dr when I'm talking pain, not a PA.

      I go to a university teaching hospital and expect to be used as a subject for training but also expect nothing but th e latest techniques and medical processes. No one should be allowed to suffer in this day and age. Again, get to your pcp for pain management

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    I have been told to take arnica tablets and put them under your tongue for pain. Also one must go on to the Mediterranean diet for that keeps the inflammation down. I would not recommend another surgery until you are healed from this one. It is too hard on your body. When you can see if you can have pool therapy.

    May God bless you. I am sorry you hurt.

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    Hi Lynn!

    My anesthesiologist placed a nerve block prior to my surgery. This was in place through surgery and removed about 24 hours later. I believe it was lidocaine in the IV that provided REALLY GOOD pain management during that time. In addition I had my choice of several oral/ IV pain medications which I was able to try and how often I was able to have them was written on a dry erase board on my wall. ( I would "place my order" from my pain medication menu when it was four or six hours later!😁wink

    This pain management early on when pain WOULD HAVE been the worst really helped when I obviously needed it the most! I had this same procedure with my second knee three and a half months later.

    Because I received this incredibly efficient pain management in those first three days/ two days of my hospitalization, my pain was easier to control once I was home.

    I found that opioids were not as helpful as taking Ibuprofen! After the two weeks of giving myself blood thinner shots I stopped all opioids and just took Ibuprofen.

    I guess everyone is different when it comes to pain. For me, SWELLING was much more of a problem than pain. Also, my pain after surgery was minimal compared to what I had been enduring for the four years prior to surgery.

    See if you can get a nerve block. It worked GREAT for me. It may work well for you, too!

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