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Hi @Jockette . So last week my cardiologist had asked me to taper off the Tramadol because my heart rate consistently was in the upper 70s to 80 BPM, after being in the 40s for a few days following surgery. It usually is between 58 and 62. Even my home PT was concerned. Two years ago, I was hospitalized for a tachycardia, so I have a history and a genetic component.

So I took my last very small dose of Tramadol after dinner last night and awakened in the middle of the night with my heart visibly pounding in my chest. Today is my first day without Tramadol and my heart rate is now back to 62. Wow — it is crucial to consult your other drs and specialists during this recovery. I have seen that mentioned several times here. the OS needs to look at the “entire” patient. We need more than cookie-cutter treatment! Thank goodness for my cardiologist. She knew just what was happening.
 

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Yes, they do need to look at the whole picture, but I’m afraid too often they don’t. We found that with my husband’s medical issues. In the future I will also check with a pharmacist, in regards to any medicine issues.

My husband’s neurologist cut his Parkinson’s medication down to less than half, due to really bad side effects, and I was told do this within a week. I did it slower than I was told, but it turned out it was still too fast. Long story short, he ended up in the hospital for 2 weeks, the doctors suspecting all kinds of dementia variations, and months later I realized, my poor husband had been going through withdrawal, not all out dementia. No one mentioned withdrawal at the time. I was mad at myself for not cutting the medication down slower, and then I was mad because I shouldn’t have had to figure that out myself, the neurologist and his team should have told me better. Once my husband adjusted to the lower dose, most of his mind came back. He was still a bit off, but he had a disease that did interfere with his mind a bit. Like I said, in the future, a pharmacist will be a bigger part of my medical team. His illness was similar to Parkinson’s so the medication was the same.
 
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When did you start drinking
Hahaha! Made my day. When I am not drinking, I am driving. My TKR was on my left knee, so it’s easier for me to drive. ... I drove for the first time today — almost 5 weeks out.
 
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This is a funny sub-plot in this thread! Haha!
But having a good relationship with a trusted pharmacist is a good thing…my husband takes way too many drugs for all of his ailments so we always go to the same pharmacy where he has been going for years.
 
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Hi friends! Today is my 5-week anniversary and I have a lot to celebrate. I have followed the BoneSmart recommendations and only need 1 Tylenol and 1 Advil twice a day. I am able to move (for my cardio health) between 4-5,000 steps a day. I ride my bike for short intervals during the day. I can get on and off the floor for some ab and back work. I am doing light housework and de-cluttering. I am up for 20 minutes, then rest and elevate for 20 minutes. My hip pain is much improved! I concluded formal PT 2 weeks ago. I plan to go back to a personal trainer in September.
Thank you BoneSmart!
(Could you change my thread title to “Flutter1’s BoneSmart Success” as I feel positive about my experience.)
 
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Hi BoneSmart friends! I am busier every day getting back to life. It will be six weeks next week. Still some discomfort (very little Tylenol and Advil now) as to be expected, but keepin’ on keepin’ on! I am back to activities and was asked to be a co-chair of a large local book club, so I am going to be busy. Starting back with my upper body strength training tomorrow ( mostly sitting or on the floor) and plans for the pool. That being said, I will check in here and hope to give an update just once a month. Hang in there everyone; life improves little by little. :)
 

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Happy Belated Birthday Flutter! It sounds like you’re doing great! I love that you are getting back to doing some fun things. I’m hoping for some of that too! I started some upper body exercises this week too, sitting in a ball.

I’m very thankful for Bonesmart too, the threads are informative and encouraging!
 

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And I need to add that I really credit BineSmart with getting me this far and for my not getting discouraged. I absolutely refused to do any aggressive PT. I rest ALOT with my leg elevated. I am still listening to my body.
Great job @Flutter1! Slow and steady wins this race! Glad BoneSmart could help.
 

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