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Old 01-28-2013, 08:29 AM   #1
Railroad Man
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Angry 1st. week of total knee replacement

Well it has been one wk. now since my surgery on my right knee. After 30 years of weare and tear of getting up & down off of moving equipment on the railroad, it has finally come to the point of worn out knee's. My surgery went very well in the hospital,except with a few problems with hospital staff. I took therpy for 3 days in the hospital and have 3 days set up for this week to complete with in home health care and then 3 days for next wk.Then 6 wk pre-set at an outpatient pt center.I try to get up every hour to two hrs and walk thru my house,stretching,stoping by the kitchen counter and doing a few exercises as instructed by pt nurse. One of my main questions is,my doctor prescribed me the percocet 7.5-325 for the pain,now I'm a 59 year old male weighing about 280 lbs. and you have to stay on a regular schedule of taking them @ every 4 hr. Am I wrong by asking the Dr. to please prescribe me the 10-325 which are a little stronger for the pain control along with the same acetaminopen which would last a little longer. I have requested this twice to the dr and never get a yes or no. The dr's pa said just take two at one time, is this the right answere for the question,then you would double your amount of tylenol to 650mg. I know someone out there has a good answere for this question. I am no Junkie by all means,and wish I didn't have to take anything, but that's not possible. Next question- do you have short night's of sleep and alot of lying in the bed awake. I get short naps during the day in the sofa lounge, which are better sleeping positions than laying flat on your back in the bed. I guess I'm just expecting this to get better than it has, too quick. I seem to have more pain sleeping in the bed rather than the lounge chair, but I guess I'm just rushing the whole thing,please give me some of y'alls remarks.

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Old 02-03-2013, 02:38 PM   #2
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Re: 1st. week of total knee replacement

The less you have to take the medicine the better. I would imagine that your doctor would see that. If your doctor didn't suggest pairing it with Tylenol I would ask about pairing it with IBUPROFEN. I had my ankle fused and the IBUPROFEN helped me SIGNIFICANTLY! I know that an ankle fusion is not the same as a knee replacement but maybe that will help a little better!!! Sorry I can't help more than this! Good luck! God bless!

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