Irritable leg

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I am 2 and half weeks post partial knee replacement and my leg drives me mad. I am always jigging it up and down or rubbing it and it keeps me awake at night for hours...I can't stand using ice...don't know why...any other ideas...thanks in advance

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    Sorry to say that this is normal. Ice and meds and constant moving will improve it. This stage will pass in time.
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    If ice is not your thing, try gel packs or large ziploc bags of frozen unpopped popcorn.
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    have you tried a heat pad ...I have used both

    i've now bought an electric blanket which is suitable to leave on at night ...if my knee starts playing up ...I switch it on and warm my knee it eases it 

    I'm not sure if you can use heat at your stage ...I would ask your GP 

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    I am 3 1/2 weeks post-op and had the same problems..once I started icing for 20 minutes 3 times a day (I have 2 ice packs, one for the back of the knee and once for the top) in 6 days my swelling was completely gone as well as the majority of the pain. My bend went from 64° to 86° in the last week. I know can do stairs ( not perfectly), drive, walk without a noticeable limp and only take over the counter medications for the pain. I agree the icing is not fun, but the ramifications are well worth the discomfort. I want to add I started icing at around 2 1/2 weeks, there is hope! As for sleeping, have you tried using a body pillow between your legs and sleeping on your side? I started that around the same time, but now that the swelling is gone I can sleep without the pillow...
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      hi it's 2.30 am and here I am up again probably for a couple of hours...I am definitely going to give the ice another go...I can do stairs with my crutches ok and slept on my side from leaving hospital so that bits also not too bad...I suppose it's just early days and I just have to realise that thanks so much for the advice it really does help to speak to people who have already done all this
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