@MerlinWizard I think I read about Tylenol causing kidney/liver damage so I was worried about taking such high doses, but after reading here that most everyone has had success with it, I am forging ahead. I had good luck with the Oxy and the Hydrocodone, but the spaced out effects were very uncomfortable for me, I didn't really enjoy that, plus my appetite was affected. What really is troubling to me is the reaction of my knee right now. I didn't realize how sensitive it is to PT exercises and how reactive it is. I wasn't using weights and I wasn't being excessive in my mind, but obviously my knee felt differently.
I think sometimes we read and over inform ourselves. I am definitely guilty of that. I read up on the regimen of Tylenol and it's a "thing" used by orthopedists as alternative pain relief. There are studies that show it works in most patients. As far as kidney/liver damage, I always talk to my primary about medication someone else prescribes me. If she is concerned then so am I.
At some point, we have to be willing to let the doctors be doctors and ourselves to be patients.
I always thought PT was good pain until I got home and things felt horrible. I look back now and it was all good pain, just part of the recovery process. It isn't a pain free experience and I don't subscribe to what some people believe that if it hurts don't do it. We can all endure a certain amount of pain and when the doctor tells you that there is nothing you can damage in there through PT, despite the pain, I believe they know what they are talking about.
That doesn't mean we don't all reach for some relief when we get home though!