I have been taking Percocet for my Total Knee replacement for 10 days now 2 every 2 hrs. Now my doctor says to start weening off. So I switch to 2 pills every 3 hours but the pain is unbearable during the last hour before next dose. Any suggestions to ease this pain? Thanks
It is hard to ween down when you hurt. Try using either a heating pad or cold pack to your knee, whichever feels best, or you can alternate heat and cold. Heat will help bring circulation to the area to help healing and it also relaxes muscle spasms. Cold will help with swelling and inflammation. Are you seeing a physical therapist? they can help you with exercises to help pain and range of motion. PT is one of the most important factors in healing from this kind of surgery. The more you use the joint, the better. It will hurt but in time it will get better-the hardest part is to push through that hurt first. Many people, when they hurt, feel that pain is damaging but it is usually not in this case if you are healing well. At 10 days, things should be starting to get better but everyone is different. Just dont be afraid that the pain means something is wrong. It is a normal part of healing from this type of surgery so try to walk and be sure to be consistent with your therapy exercises often. Save the pain meds for 30-60 minutes before your therapy so you can push through the pain better and get full range of motion. Use ice pack after exercises to reduce inflammation.
Dzoo is completely right and you should follow her advice. The other thing I found after my own replacement is that l wasn't elevating my knee correctly. When they say elevate, they don't mean to just prop your knee up on a pillow. You should be flat on your back with your leg, from knee to foot, propped up above heart level. Granted, it's pretty boring, but absolutely essential. The swelling is pushing against your nerves which is causing a great deal of your pain. I couldn't believe the difference in my pain levels just by doing this one simple thing. Do your exercises religiously. You need that joint to move and your muscles to strengthen and stretch out. If your Dr hasn't given you some kind of anti-inflammatory medication, take some ibuprofen on a regular basis if you're able. That will also help with the swelling. Keep these things up and you'll feel much better.
- Percocet Information for Consumers
- Percocet Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Percocet (detailed)
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