Night pain after knee arthroscopy operation

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I had a knee arthroscopy operation 14 days ago and the swelling is slowly going down and the bruises coming out and am managing reasonably well during the day. I have not however been able to sleep at night because of the excrutiating pain which does not subside much even after taking pain killers. I am desperate for sleep.Has anyone else experienced this and can advise any help.I am 72 and usually quite active. I also as yet cannot straightern the leg;

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    Oh Eileen i sympathise with you . I had mine 8 weeks ago and had still same sleep issues

     unfortunately its something we have to put up with fir a few more weeks. I am now able to sleep through the night without pain. Only thing i msn advise is putting pillows between your knees raising the operated knee on top of a nice soft pillow. Ask your GP for slow releasing pain killers to take at night these will also make you slightly drowsy so will help make you sleep.

    I have now stopped taking all prescribed drugs but have bought sleepeze chemist bought tablets which help me sleep.

    Hope this helps . I found soaking in bath and stretching leg under warm water also helped with the pain.

    I do know how you feel but it will get better .

    Take care and rest during the day also.

    Good luck.

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      Thank you for your reply.It is encouraging to know that it will get better (I had got to the stage where I wished I had not had the operation), but am really grateful for your advice.


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    Hi Eileen, I know how you feel my op. was 7 weeks ago but its does get better. The nights are always the worse but it will improve. The pillow is a good idea and do get some slow release pain relief, it will help. Will you be having hydrotherapy? that will help too.  I am still hving some issues with the swelling and the tightness but i can see an improvement in the bending. I will keep plodding along.  Take care.
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