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Finally Figured Out What “Pain Med” Means

After almost three months of recuperating from a total knee replacement surgery, I have finally figured out what is meant by “pain med”.  At first, I thought it meant that the medications were supposed to alleviate pain completely.  That just was not so.  In fact, no matter what type I was given, there was still pain.  Sometimes the pain was unbearable.  It always existed in some form.  So, I resigned myself to the fact that pain meds just don’t work.

Then, I ran out.  I didn’t think it as any big deal.  Usually, I took one pain med before my pt or exercise.  Well, this time I just went for a walk thinking “What’s the use of a pain med, anyways? The term is joke.”  Wow….what a difference!  I was in big time pain after getting done exercising.  I could hardly move my leg.

So, the verdict is….pain meds help take the edge off of pain.  They decrease the intensity. They do not totally eliminate pain, as some (like me) would think.

My recommendation now, if anyone is listening, is instead of calling them “pain meds”….why not call them “slightly numbing meds”.  That term would not fool anyone.  I’ve got an answer for everything..:)

Yes, it has been three months since my surgery, and I still have pain. That statement is for those of us who think that the pain will go away within a month after a knee replacement surgery.  Guaranteed….it doesn’t.


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