CAN'T SLEEP!

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Hi! I am so thankful I found this forum to help me with my concerns! You all have been so helpful with advice!

I am 4 weeks post op TKR. I cant sleep! I am so exhausted and I just cant sleep. I toss and turn, ice, try sleeping in recliner, prop leg, fluff pillows, add pillows then take away pillows. Ugh I am posting now after a totally sleepless night!! I need sleep any suggestions?? I am trying not to take pain meds unless absolutely necessary but I just took 2 because they help me relax and sleep a little..

Has anyone tried an over the counter sleep aid? Please any ideas will be so helpful before I go crazy here!

Thanks!

Melissa

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    Mellissa, ive just had my second TKR Yesterday and i will be the same as my first.The biggest problem i had was no sleep with my first TKR really lethargic exhausted and couldnt be bothered so this is important. Not getting sleep will slow your recovery by a long way simply because you have no energy.Easy remedy go to your GP and get some prescription sleeping pills i did and my god what a difference they made,i only had them 4 weeks or so and when i stopped i certainly didn't feel like i needed more,it got me through a difficult period and after i finished them my sleep was back to normal.Its a must melissa you need sleep,please get them and post again in a few weeks.

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    Hi Melissa,

    I just had my TKR this past Monday. Did they give you and medications for Nerve pain? I found when I take my nerve meds and Melatonin(over the counter) i sleep better than I previously have. Not saying it helps every night, but it does help me more. Hope this helps and good luck.

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    Have your primary care doc to prescribe amitriptyline...

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    HI Melissa. I'm about 4 mos. out now, and I remember what you're going through very well. I called my surgeon and asked for sleep aids like Lunesta, but they said they only dealt with pain meds, etc. I tried every OTC remedy available - melatonin, herbal mixes, Benadryl. Tried taking my prescribed muscle relaxers... but they all made my leg jerk spontaneously (like restless leg syndrome). Finally called my family physician, and he prescribed Lunesta. I took it for about 30 days. Got me past the "unable to sleep" part.

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    And PS - The forum is a lifesaver in the early days, a place to talk to people who do understand what you're going through, someone to talk to in the middle of the night when you've moved from bed, to another bed, to couch, to recliner. :^)

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    hi i'm 7 weeks post op, have you tried cold spray, it helped my knee, i am now sleeping better with less pain but wake up several times with stiffness, it does get better, , sue

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    Hello Melissa, I really do think you should take your pain medication as prescribed, especially as you say it helps you to sleep too; while you probably don't want to become too reliant on them, it may be best to take them only as and when they're needed rather than on a regular 4-6 hourly cycle. As for a natural medication to help with sleep, I can recommend WilKo

    Sleep Aid which I found helped me after a friend told me about them; these are herbal and can be bought over the counter at WilKo for a very reasonable price. I hope this helps.

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    hi melissa

    i have had 2 reasonable nights in 4 weeks post TKR

    i cant take strong meds...cant lay on back...still cry with tiredness frustration and pain some nights.

    i am most comfy on my right side the op side with knee against not on a pillow then bring good leg over op leg and put on pillow but after a couple of hrs my hip hurts lol x dont think there is an easy answer...reg change of position get up for a walk to bathroom every couple of hrs ..cos i need to and ice xx hope it gets better for us xx

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      Oh Penny the sleep is tortuous.. The position you describe sounds like my most comfy position also. Like you said only lasts for a short while then eyes wide open trying new things. I am going to go see my GP, I need a sleep aid. However hes closed the weekend then next week being Thanksgiving I'm sure will be hard to get an appointment. Maybe for now I will try tylenol pm or something. I hope we can get some decent sleep soon!

      Good luck!

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      i know the agony& frustration of trying to sleep when ur in pain! I am 8 months post op& im having so many issues still! To the point that I'm scheduled for my 2nd surgery on the same knee Dec 4th,less than a yr apart! I'm really dreading going through the pain& therapy again๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข yep,after tossing and turning all night,ur hips get sore then ur even more frustrated!! I hope u find that comfy position &get some rest bc it's very important for ur healing! best wishes๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

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      I will be scheduling a manipulation for scar tissue build up. not looking forward to it, but cant take the constant ache when walking. I keep waiting for the time when I will say it was worth it.....I feel no better than before the surgery. Still limping ( because I can fully extend), still hurts ( because I cant fully bend).

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      I agree with Penny about a pillow and where to put it.

      It helps if you can put some ice on the knee but wrap the ice in something.

      Even a cold flannel will be better than nothing.

      Also if you are comfortable sleeping on your back have a cardboard box and put your leg through the box like the old bed cradles they used to have in hospital.

      This will keep the weight of the bedding off your knee.

      Hope this helps.

      Sarah

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      Gm .im in the same boat as u๐Ÿ˜„ I'm 8 months out &I'm scheduled fir manipulation & He's reopening my scar to clean it out on December 4th! not looking forward to it though bc of the pain& therapy! good luck with everything๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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      it is unbelievable how sensitive the skin is to sheets isnt it lol xx i wrap a soft velvety baby pram blanket from home bargains around my knee as it lays against the pillow and seems to help.

      ive given up the ted stockings as they were making pain worse and am in week 5 now.

      im still on crutches and cant get far as OA in shoulders and back too so it aggravates them ...are most people walking by week 5...feel progress is very slow xx

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      Bangkok-Johnny. ONE PRIMARY TKA and recently ONE TWO-STAGE TKA REVISION, now recovering.

      RE: BEDSHEETS! Cool, crisp, white high thread count cotton bed sheets, cotton duvets and fluffy down pillows and a dark, cool 24 degrees Celsius (here in the tropics) bed room NO TV! helps you have the important rest & sleep! You need that - because when getting out of bed next morning the pain and stiffness in the artificial joint awaits you; as regular as the clockwork. I suppose this is normal part the long road to TKA/TKR recovery.

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