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Tumeric for swelling

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by Momma-me, Mar 20, 2019.

  1. Momma-me

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    Has anyone taken this post op for swelling? I already know I have a strong inflammatory response so I am hoping to be pro-active.
    But I also know it can interact with aspirin (anticoagulant effects) and wondering if it is safe to take simultaneously.

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    I think you should ask your surgeon about this.
    We may not know about them, but sometimes herbal and spice supplements can have interactions with other medications you are taking. So you should always check with you doctor before taking them.

    Rest, ice and elevation are the best way of dealing with swelling.
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    I will ask him.
    I rested, elevated and iced for months. IDK why some people have such bad inflammation while others', it is fairly well controlled. Even after my arthroscopic surgery, it was swollen, red and hot for months despite the RICE
     
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    I don't think anyone has an answer to this question. Probably many different factors. :shrug:
     
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    With my first TKR I had terrible swelling. The woynd came apart and it was simply horrible.
    I am now 2 weeks post op for second TKR. It was goibg the same way in hospital because there was insufficient icing and elevation. Since discharge I have done little but rest ice and elevate. My knee is fantastic. I don't need mobility aids, use a normal height chair if I must (including toilet seat at normal height) and have very little discomfort. Not needibg analgesia but I am taking it 4 hrly as recommended. I have no break through pain.
    If I mobilise a lot (Im up to 2000 gentle steps per day tops) I get an increase in swelling which resolves quickly with rest, elevation and ice.
    I dont know if Im lucky but I am certain this regime works for me. I used a hired ice machine at first and now a lesser model ice machine which Ive purchased. I use them only as recommended . If I have a sore spot I use an ice pad for 10 mins on the specific spot (has happebed twice). I wonder if I had dine this last time would mt swelling have been less? Who knows. All I can say is that I've been very motivated to follow the advice on this site due to the horrible time I had with my first experience. So I havent needed anything else Best wishes.
     
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    Over-activity can definitely increase swelling.
     
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    I'd be really interested to see what your surgeon says, I am the same as you @Momma-me I have a strong inflammatory response to any sort of injury or surgery after my arthroscopic surgery in 2017 my GP sent me for two aspirations at about 4 and 6 months post OP and I had between 120ml-130ml drained each time not a nice experience tbh, I'm almost 4 weeks post OP now and can already see swelling is going to hinder my recovery.
     
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    I have been interested in Tumeric as well lately.
     
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    The hospital staff told me no turmeric 10 days prior to surgery. And discontinue other supplements, too, like fish oil, etc. Keep up with vitamin D, though. And after surgery, take lots of vitamin C for healing.
     
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    I was taking it before surgery and it did wonders! I had to stop for a time before and after surgery but am happy to be back on it, however that was with my surgeons blessing.
     
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    That's the important thing - check with your surgeon/doctor before taking any supplements.
     
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    donnag1108 how long post op until you could start it again?

    My surgeon told me to stop a week prior but I haven't asked him yet when I can start up again after surgery.

    To all you who are "swellers"... (my PT used to say that to me ALL the time.. called me a sweller. ugh)... it is very frustrating. That is why I got sent to the pain specialist after my arthroscopic. It was because my knee stayed swollen and red for SO LONG. And it made my quad shut down and I literally couldn't walk on it because of the pain. My last surgery was the same. 3 months post op and it was like I had surgery the day before, despite tons of icing and elevation. IDK... Im just trying to figure out if there is anything at all I can do about it besides that. My surgeon just told me some people have a really strong inflammatory response. They did bloodwork to check for autoimmune disorders, it was so bad.
     
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    There's quite a lot of research going on about the inflammatory response and how it can affect people. Maybe they'll have the answers one day. I have several issues that are all thought to be related to inflammatory response including autoimmune disease.
    I had to stop turmeric 2 weeks before surgery. The pharmacist in the hospital said not to take it whilst taking stronger painkillers in case of interaction, although you can check specific drug interactions. I started it again once I was off any opiates and just taking paracetemol. I think you need to be careful with aspirin so check with the pharmacist. I also started taking Vit C with zinc to aid healing and boost my immune system. It was recommended after my mastectomy and seemed to help, so thought I'd take it again,
     
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    Well, I’m right there with you. Some of my immune markers were not WNL.. I’m trying to remember now.. IgG, IgA something like that. But nothing too crazy
     
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    @Momma-me my surgeon let me start again at 3 months post op
     

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