TKR 3 Months post

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Just got a call from doctor that he is not refilling my Tramadol because I shouldn't need it after 3 months. I work 12 hour days and can not make it through the day without pain medicine.What do I do now? I can not take ibuprofen because I only have one kidney and they advised me not to. Tylenol doe nothing for me.

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    I am 3 months post op as well & take extra strength Tylenol which just takes the edge off the aching. I never took anything stronger due to vomiting so I’ve been grateful the pain is finally lessening.  I am retired now though.  My heart goes out to you.  Icing & elevating during breaks & perhaps negotiating for shorter hours for a while if you can get a doctor’s note saying it is needed?  Good luck to you.

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    Sometimes I wonder what the Drs would say if they had ever been through one themselves. ??? Just saying. This us ruff!
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    If your in the US try and see a pain specialist ( no idea if they have those over seas or not ). If you can see one then the Dr. will more than likely help but you have to sign a contract and follow the rules. As others suggested it might just be you are not ready for 12 hour shifts whether you like it or not you may have to reduce the amount of hours your working some people are ready at 3 some take longer nobody is the same the only person that knows for sure is you. 
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    I'm sorry to say but 12 hour days at your stage are not going to help. I can understand you may have to be back at work as I went back after 7 weeks but it was a struggle. I was in my feet for 4 hours but my bosses were very good and let me rest and ice in-between. I didn't have strong painkillers only codine ice was my saviour. Hope you can sort your pain out but you really need to wean yourself off the strong painkillers. I'm 7 months after my tkr but I can honestly say the first 5 months were really tough. Things will get better but time is the key. Good luck.

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    What about some codeine plus paracetamol and a topical  like  voltarol gel? Did they advise reducing the tramadol slowly? Is this GP? If so talk to consultant and ask him to speak to GP if he / she disagrees ! Ortho Consultants often disagree with primary care on this I’m told! 
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    Hi lInda, in the earlier days (I am 8 months post op now) my pain relief wasn't sufficient and at my 4 months review the physio wrote to my GP to request something stronger.....how does your doc expect you to get better if you are hindered by pain....though I appreciate they dont want you addicted but you can wean yourself off slowly - it's not an exact science and we have all recovered/are recovering at our own pace.....saying you SHOULDN'T need it after 3 months is stupid - the fact is you DO- you don't want to keep taking it obviously....I would speak to Doc again and say that you will need to be signed off work if he can't help with your meds.....or give you the next best thing......good luck..x

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