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Old 04-14-2018, 02:05 PM
 
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...do you do turmeric...

Be careful about taking tumeric before surgery, as it can cause excessive bleeding. If you're taking it, be sure to let your doctor know.

Other supplements that should be stopped before surgery are listed in the below trustable site:
https://www.arthritis.org/living-wit...upplements.php
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Old 04-14-2018, 02:25 PM
 
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Thanks! I have a pre-op appt before hand so I’m sure they’ll give me all the info then too. But yeah, it is close enough to be in sight and far enough off to need help to function. Laying on the couch sounds nice in theory but you miss out on so much with young children and family and friends.
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Old 04-14-2018, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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It seems your anger/frustration is misplaced with your surgeon when it should be with your employer...

I don't know of any Orthopedic office that would pre operatively provide narcotic pain medications prior to an elective surgery, particularly to "allow someone to work" for 3 weeks prior to surgery

If you are in that much pain that you can't work or clean your house then you shouldn't be doing those things, NOT trying to mask the pain so you can do those things....thats not what narcotic pain medications are for
Yeah, this is what I was thinking also. Your boss is a jerk. IMHO, schedule the surgery for ASAP, don't tell the boss. Then call in the day of and tell the boss it was an emergency, then bring a doctor's note when it is over. They can't fire you.

What exactly do you want your doctor to DO about your pain?

I've had a headache for a year and a half. I've seen several doctors. They vary in ability to convey empathy and ability to convey to me why they choose which course of action. Some do seem frustrated at not having a magic bullet.

But their manner does nothing for my pain either way, so I've decided not to worry about getting their sympathy and focus on following their directions. (I've noticed that a lot of people don't follow the directions carefully, then get frustrated when it doesn't work.. Myself included)

Good luck with your surgery. Chronic pain is the pits!
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Old 04-14-2018, 02:47 PM
 
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Yeah, this is what I was thinking also. Your boss is a jerk. IMHO, schedule the surgery for ASAP, don't tell the boss. Then call in the day of and tell the boss it was an emergency, then bring a doctor's note when it is over. They can't fire you.

What exactly do you want your doctor to DO about your pain?

I've had a headache for a year and a half. I've seen several doctors. They vary in ability to convey empathy and ability to convey to me why they choose which course of action. Some do seem frustrated at not having a magic bullet.

But their manner does nothing for my pain either way, so I've decided not to worry about getting their sympathy and focus on following their directions. (I've noticed that a lot of people don't follow the directions carefully, then get frustrated when it doesn't work.. Myself included)

Good luck with your surgery. Chronic pain is the pits!


Ugh I feel your pain there! I had chronic migraines for years. Still get them a couple times a year but for me it was related to diet. I cleaned up my diet and they went away.

As for what I expect - I expect the doctor to help me manage the pain until surgery. I discussed this with him in office when we decided to proceed with surgery and we tried steroid shots to help. He told me to call f they didnít so I did and thatís where the lack of management began. This is my third surgery with the same doctor on the same knee and Iíve seen him on and off for over 20 years at this point. Itís not like we donít have a good relationship but his new PA appears to be the barrier. Iím not sure Iím even getting through to the doctor so as someone else suggested I think I will just make an appt with him this week to discuss it with him directly. Thanks for all of the suggestions!
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Old 04-14-2018, 03:34 PM
 
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Doctors just don't have anything more to offer...it's the HA injections, cortisone, and then as a last resort surgery. When I did my hip replacement and I live with a lot of regret, they had me on Darvocet pre and then post and then this pain med was taken off the market. I've not given up on eventually doing PRP/Stem Cells. So many call in Dr. Darrows program on weekends and want his help due to their failed surgery and their desire to NOT do surgery. So so many people in so much joint pains and have done surgeries.
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Old 04-15-2018, 08:21 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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do you sew or does your wife sew ? I make heat packs out of rice and essential oils . you have to use cotton fabric and white rice . I call them rice therapy packs . they have given me so much relief from knee pain and migraines and I put them in the microwave with some water in a separate container and go for two minutes heat . I made some for gifts for Christmas and my friends tell me that work wonders for them . that is something you can take to work as well . Good luck and yes I think it is a shame that drs are afraid to prescribe pain killers now .
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Old 04-15-2018, 09:13 AM
 
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I work with some Pain Management Docs and the scrutiny regarding opioids is real and industry wide.

Doc as saying some pharmacies are refusing to fill prescriptions for some of his patients in excruciating pain and dying... it was not suppose to be this way but the pendulum has turned.

Also, many of our other Docs simply no longer prescribe that class of pain killers... they refuse saying why go there if you can avoid it..

Don't underestimate the power of hot and cold...
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Old 04-16-2018, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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So go find a pill mill and get your Norco.

You kind of can't have it both ways. You want a doctor that is actually decent but want them just give you some narcotics for chronic pain which narcotics aren't even suitable for. Unless you're already a junkie, working on heavy duty narcotics probably isn't a great idea either. I'm pretty fuzzy on them, so I've always just dealt with the pain once I got out of the ER and off the morphine drip. I'd push the surgery up if you can. Not really like you're going to be much use at work if the pain is so bad you can't concentrate or you're fuzzed out on narcotics and can't concentrate, so you might as well push it forward if you can.

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Old 04-17-2018, 10:04 AM
 
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So go find a pill mill and get your Norco.

You kind of can't have it both ways. You want a doctor that is actually decent but want them just give you some narcotics for chronic pain which narcotics aren't even suitable for. Unless you're already a junkie, working on heavy duty narcotics probably isn't a great idea either. I'm pretty fuzzy on them, so I've always just dealt with the pain once I got out of the ER and off the morphine drip. I'd push the surgery up if you can. Not really like you're going to be much use at work if the pain is so bad you can't concentrate or you're fuzzed out on narcotics and can't concentrate, so you might as well push it forward if you can.
I hear you on the "fuzzy", the recent incident I went thru they me on oxy and I thought I was losing my mind. There are many ways to help reduce pain...I know that.
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