Nerve twitches

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Hi guys.   Has anyone had nervous twitches in arms and legs after surgery.  It's probably something to do with muscle and nerves being cut.  Just wondered if I am the only one

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    Many of us have suffered with Restless Leg Syndrome, where your leg keeps twitching and jumping around the bed, usually just after you settle down in bed. I was going crazy with this so my doctor ended up prescribing Quinine which was a miracle drug for me at that time. Quinine is also in Schweppes Tonic water (some generic brands too). 

    I'm in Australia but I believe that some doctors won't prescribe Quinine, I am just lucky to have a compassionate doctor.

    I'm not sure about arm twitches though.

    Good luck and remember, all these annoying symptoms don't last forever, thankfully.

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    You're correct, just the body readjusting itself. Irritating and bothersome but temporary and non serious. After one of my surgeries they started after I got the stitches out and went away, then just as suddenly started again and then tapered off over time. Hydration can help some. One of the ladies that was on a somewhat regular schedule with me at the rehab center said her Dr gave her a mild muscle relaxant that helped her but caused her to be a little sedated as well. As she was one of those with a high pitched, nasal, machine gun delivery when she talked, which was continually, I suspected he gave them as much for her husband's benefit as hers. I had to believe her therapist wore ear plugs to keep her sanity. You might also try some moist heat on your back for about 15 minutes at a time.
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    4 weeks after op i have started getting twitches that wake me up ,What else is going to happen i wonder?
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      As the old saying goes, you ain't seen nothin' yet. You have to go back a remember the way you were walking, the way you were turning and twisting to avoid pain. Then comes along a guy who knocks you out, cuts off your leg, chisles you bone off and drills it full of holes turns house in a 4 pound hunk of foreign material and sees you back together, then sends in a team of sadists that tell at you to get up and walk the next day. You in your own mind has been telling yourself, this will be like getting a tooth filled, As soon as the novacane wears off I'll be good to go. What no One has told you, nerves have been severed and damaged, blood flow has been cut off, you have terrible bruising, soft tissue damage and bone damage that has to heal. At 4 weeks you are just seeing the top of the rehab iceberg. This isn't to scare, it's being realistic. You are h king to be fine in time. Just do as the docs and therapist tell you, remembering that they are only responsible for about 15-20% of your recovery and the rest is up to you. Proper combinations of Pain meds nutrition, exercise, icing, hydration, and above all else, rest will get you there. Mentally this is a horrible journey. Don't try to make it alone. Stay with this group. You will find more honest , compassionate caring and sincere people here than in any hospital/therapy sector going. Don't be afraid to talk about your issues and where it's going, recovery wise. There is always that great blend of suggestions and humor. Most important, everyone of them has, like you, been through this hell called tkr. You have every right to be concerned and a sk questions. You'll feel a lot better if you do so. One thing that bothers most people at your stage, when do I get off the pain pills. The answer, when you are out of pain. Don't be afraid of them. Take them on a prescribed basis and when pain is under control the healing continues at a much faster pace. You will have issues come and go and in some cases come back again. Its the body doing its thing. Areas like running a temp, excessive bleeding and drainage around the wound should be discussed with a Dr immediately. Listen to your body and I'd it's telling you something is really haywire, call in the medical team. You'll be fine, just be patient and do the routine as prescribed. Work up to but not into pain and all will go well
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      The surgery is scheduled for June 25th. They have to wait a minimum 6 weeks after the end of the antibiotic infusions to make sure the staph hasn't returned without being suppressed by drugs. That will be a month the end of this week then I go back for blood work next week and because of schedules the 25th is the 1st available date. My son is getting married in California the weekend of the 13th. All my kids are going out there for a few days and I won't let my wife sit through this by herself plus she is no longer able to drive. The docs only do revisions on Thursdays so the next week is full which leaves the 25th. I really didn't want to wait till the heat of summer but no other way. We have been and will for the next couple of weeks will be going a lot of rain, high humidity and flooding. All that dampness I'd taking a toll on the joint. Almost worse than cold weather.
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      thank you for your encouraging words, it gives us hope.

      I feel like i’m struggling to stay positive.

      when i jarred by knee yesterday, i feel like I’ll be set back a couple days. 

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    Hi Sue, I'm only 6 days post surgery and yes my legs twitch, not constant, I think it's the muscle relaxing that causes the twitch. 

    Hope it settles down soon for you

    gill

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    Thank you to everyone who answered me.  This forum is a life saver.  I have dispatched hubby to shops for the tonic water.  Cheers.
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    son is experience the same, he had broken arm then surgery.
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    Yes, I do my 10 min walks twice a day and sit with my knees at 50% angle 

    and at 5pm i lay down to rest and my knee jerks, along with  a sharp pain, i need to know too if this is normal. i’m into my 4th week of surgery and still struggling every day.  when will i ever feel better? 

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