Re: TKR 3 weeks out
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.