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Mako Robotic Arm TKR Week Three

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I don't understand the oxycontin addiction problem – the dose must be much higher than what I am taking. As far as I can tell, it just takes the edge off the pain, doesn't give a high or anything like it associated with addictive drugs.

Today for the first time the numbness on the outside of the knee seems to be shrinking in area. The top part has some feeling now. I am practicing going up and down stairs the normal way with the surgery leg taking most of the weight. Managed 30 min on bike yesterday although it did make me tired. Another thing I am doing is using a bench to put the top of my foot on, and then bending down while holding the walker. This stretches the quad very well. In the lower leg there is still pain right under the skin if I push on it – Alex says it is edema. So the lymphatic massage is helping. I didn't even know there was such a thing.

@ellerbracke yes those are great wines. Try some of the Columbia River Gorge wines too if you get a chance, both from Oregon and Washington.

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@saeternes I think some people must just be much more easily addicted. I have been on oxycontin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, Dilaudid, and tramadol at various points in time but have never become addicted at all. After my first TKR which was in 2012 or 2013, before all of the concern about opioids, I was on oxycodone for about 3 months. At another time I was also on five phenobarbital, nightly, for about 6 months just stopped with no effects.
I am impressed with both you and @ellerbracke though in how well you are doing. I have noticed when I exercise, even now, the knee that had the first TKR still hurts a bit afterward — not really bad, but enough to be conscious of it. The knee with the Conformis never hurts at all. My flex has never reached beyond 120 but listening to others I think maybe I am to blame for not exercising it more than I did. I never had a problem with extension.
Those pinot noirs sound pretty good to me too. We always used to go to CA yearly and along with visiting my step-son outside of SF, our son in L.A., we went to wine country. I miss those days, I wish I could still have my glass of wine with dinner. After transplant they say no alcohol but I have yet to figure out why if your cirrhosis was not caused by alcohol. Still, I adhere to it.

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