As far as pain med's go, it is recommended you take them BEFORE your pain gets really bad. It is my experience, as I sit here recovering from my second surgery on my shoulder, that if I take the pain pill right before I go to sleep, I will sleep very nicely for at least six hours, whereas if I don't, I'm awake most of the night in agony.
I would think hard about at least giving it a try for a few nights, long enough to find out how your body tolerates it. You may be well rewarded. There are a lot of different kinds of pain med's out there, you don't have to stick with just one.
I wish you the best of healing thoughts, and a huge hug to your wonderful husband- mine makes my shoulder hurt less just by being there.
I am almost 5 months post TKR. Swelling minimal. Pre surgery my bend was only 105 degrees. Now it is 112 degrees from 75 right after surgery. I do exercises still 2 hrs a day. It has been a slow, painful process, but I nbow can walk and wear heels with no pain and can almost bike pain free. Taking a pain med that works for you, pre therapy, is very important. I have gone from supervised pt three times a week, to two, supplemented by trips to a gym. Now I go twice a week for 15 minutes of manual therapy (pt bends my knee farther than I can) as a self pay patient, since my insuror considers me "recovered"! Do not give up, if you work on it, it will get better. I too was in great shape, expected to be good as new in 8 weeks...
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