Exhaustion after TKR months later?

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I have found this discussion board so helpful! It's good to chat with others on the same journey. I had my TKR 10 weeks ago, and just went back to work this week, teaching part-time (about 12 hours/week) at a local university. Even though it's short hours, I am "on stage" for the entire time. After I get home and have a late lunch, I can't do a thing until I take a one or two hour nap! I feel like I'm wasting precious time, but I can't function otherwise! Have others been through this too? When did you get your energy back?Thanks!

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    Hi there Diane, just echoing what the others have said, really. Your poor body has been through a huge trauma, and youve undoubtably had several months of broken/disturbed/nonexistant sleep, and your body is now telling you what it needs. Time may well be precious, but not as precious as your well-being. Nap away to your hearts content, its good for you! 
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    Hi Diane

    i am also 10 weeks post op.  I am due to go back to work in 2 weeks time   Can't postpone it because my full sick pay runs out then and we can't afford to be without my wage

    i work 35 hours a week in a kitchen /dining room so am on my feet all day 

    at the moment I am trying to spend as long as I can on my feet at home. I also am walking 3 miles a day up and down our road   

    Saying all that I think I will be coming home and resting on my bed for an hour after work 

    I will let you know how I get on.  

    Hope your recovery goes well x

    • Posted

      Please take care Gillian...starting with 35 hours and standing all the time will be tough. Please listen to what your body needs. I hope your co-workers will be understanding.  Take care!
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    I did learn part of the reason for feeling weak and having lack of stamina is that I am anemic now.  Not sure if it was stopping all medication for three weeks or why.  Hoping my cell counts come back soon.  I hope I can be on my feet more soon.  I weeded my garden for over an hour and really paid for that by losing 15-20 degrees of bend from the resulting stiffness.  Sure is frustrating how long this takes to be better.
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      on the 4th day after over doing,  it is still sore but at least I can sleep at night better than in the beginning.  Yesterday I stood with mostly putting weight on my good leg and it didn't bother my op knee too much.  So I think when I start feeling fatigued all over, and even get sweaty, that is my cue to go rest it.

    • Posted

      Lynn, just be careful that you don't cause other issues eg. sore hip etc by using your good leg too much .. could put you a bit off centre.  But understand your need to be at work .. a catch 22 unfortunately.

      Take care... Tracey

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    I am 18 wks post op. between the pain and the tiredness I am struggling big time, I am self employed so need to work. I am also on morphine and thought it was this but stopped talking it for a time much to my severe discomfort, but the tiredness didn't go away. Have your bloods checked incase you are a little anemic I needed a blood transfusion after my op, I felt great for 2/3 weeks after that now back where I started. Just rest when you can, listen to what your body is telling you.

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