My gut felt just awful after surgery and I stayed with the colace and miralax at the advice of my surgeon. I only felt worse. I finally quit both of those and started eating prunes. My bowel cleared up fast and I felt so much better.
I also found it was really helpful to use cannabis after my LTKR. I lived in Colorado at the time where it's legal and so I was able to go to a dispensary and buy quality, lab tested products. Right after my TKR, I used just a little in a tincture in addition to the oxycodone I was prescribed. It really helped me to be able to use less of the oxy and I was able to extend the time out before I needed to take another dose of the narcotic. My husband did the same thing when he had rotator cuff surgery and we'd both swear by it. I was able to get off all the narcotics after only 3 weeks and only used ibuprofen. I also used CBD too which has great anti-inflammatory benefits. I'm almost at 7 months now and so my knee is finally feeling a lot better. But it's still a little stiff and at night it's a little achy. Especially if I've walked on it more that day. Like everyone has said - this has been a much longer process than I ever would have anticipated! And it's been pretty discouraging at times. I've never been a good sleeper due to having a history of PTSD with a lot of anxiety so I still use a CBD gummy at night. Most nights, this helps. I'd encourage you to try to get some non-psychoactive CBD. That can help a lot with the inflammation and some of the pain that results from that. Take care and hang in there and know that there's a bunch of us in this journey with you!@beachy Wondering as I asked Tino2 about your cannabis type and dose. I did take some gummies before surgery with some good results. My surgeon warned not to take for a couple of weeks pre-surgery but the ongoing pain at about 6 1/2 weeks now is making me think of a trip to the cannabis store
As beachy said, if you had waited 5 more years you would have had 5 more years of damage to your knee and soft tissues. Your recovery would be even worse. You will get better, but it takes a long time for most of us. There is a whole lot of healing going on inside that knee of yours and the vast majority of those in your same timeframe are going through the same thing you are! Very few doctors warn us about how bad it's gonna be. All mine said was that I was going to hate him for months. Of course, I didn't hate him, but hated myself for putting myself through a TKR! As time slowly dragged on, I got better. You will, too.I wish I had waited and gotten it 5 years later, maybe it wouldn't be so barbaric. I didn't have that much pain when I decided to do it; it's worse now than it was before surgery. I had bone on bone though and thought I better get a TKR. I should have researched it more. I know a lot of people say it gets better, but really, this is too long to be feeling unwell, uncomfortable and unhappy.
Sorry the pain isn't settling. Is it generalised or any particular part of the knee? Might be worth recording exactly where it is on the joint, what triggers it, what helps and severity over a few days.It doesn't seem to matter if I'm active or not. There's pain. I'm wearing Salon Pas patches now. I might take a tramadol tomorrow. I break it in half, take 25 mgs. I don't want to but am too fraught with discomfort
Agree. I have a Aircast cryocuff. I fill the vacuum container with lots of ice before bed and rest the cool water jacket on my knee.Also, I used to wake up frequently from the pain for about an hour or so each time. I reduced this by doing the following: beside my bed, in a small cooler is a prepared ice pack (I wrap mine in pee pads like an envelope so if/when they leak, the bedding doesn't get wet), and also have some pain meds for that middle-of-the-night recurrence of pain you KNOW you will have. Having this reduces my chance of becoming fully awake to retrieve these things, and I can get back to sleep faster after waking