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8 weeks post op TKR and dread going go bed as hopeless sleep even with pain meds

Anybody else still have bad days at 8 weeks pls

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    Yes I did however now at week 14 and get  good night sleep, think it started improving about week 10/11, however still taking meds and a herbal sleeping tablet, stil wake once a night but go straight back to sleep and settle with a pillow between my legs. Hope that helps?
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    Lorraine

    I am 10.5 weeks out and I had both knees done same time I find the more I do the more pain and swelling, and stiffness I have. But you just have to keep going remember to ice,elevate, and I added a heating pad. I asked my home health nurse about my sleepless nights I didn't have a full nights sleep for 2 months, she told me to add an OTC sleep aid she said I could after checking to make sure it went with my pain meds. Now I can sleep about 6 hours straight it feels wonderful. I am going to join the YMCA this week I hope being in the pool will help with swelling and stiffness. I will post here if this helps me stay strong and keep reading on the forum it a god send.

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    Lorraine

    I am 10.5 weeks out and I had both knees done same time I find the more I do the more pain and swelling, and stiffness I have. But you just have to keep going remember to ice,elevate, and I added a heating pad. I asked my home health nurse about my sleepless nights I didn't have a full nights sleep for 2 months, she told me to add an OTC sleep aid she said I could after checking to make sure it went with my pain meds. Now I can sleep about 6 hours straight it feels wonderful. I am going to join the YMCA this week I hope being in the pool will help with swelling and stiffness. I will post here if this helps me stay strong and keep reading on the forum it a god send.

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    Hi

    i am nearly 12 months and remember only too well being awake most of the night.  i had a routine at bedtime - side of bed - tablets,  2 bottles of water , digestive biscuits to take with tablets, magazine, ( iPad - for my sanity) this forum.  Timer on my phone for tablets, television control,   Football - for bed exercises as well as numerous trips to the bathroom ( drinking ).  Flask with hot orange.   And as I felt cold for about  8 weeks a hot water bottle. Radio also on earplug also helped.

    i found after 6 weeks I was happy if I managed to get 2 hours continuous sleep, then as the weeks went on sleep increased as I managed to lay on my side and find more comfortable positions, along with getting fresh air walking.

    Sleep will come, but your body is resting, so cat nap in the day if you can and don't feel pressured to sleep, your body will slowly find its way.

     

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    Hi Lorraine!

    Oh YES! Sleep...that thing MOST manage to accomplish but MANY, including me, have found quite elusive!

    I had about five years of terrible sleep prior to my two TKRs last year. Woke up every hour or so. Horrible!

    After surgery things got much better, and I actually COULD sleep a couple hours at a time. Doesn't seem like much, but it was TWICE the amount of sleep I HAD been getting!

    I found that nine weeks was a big turning point because I could manage to sleep on my side with my SURGICAL leg slung over my body. Then at about 12 weeks I could SLEEP on my stomach. Ahhhh!

    Meanwhile, I found that napping was my best bet. I would move around, do my exercises, have some tea and then relax on the couch. Sleep would come, and I would feel much better. As I napped throughout the day and got stronger, the sleep finally would come at nighttime as well.

    Moving around, stretching, and even walking around throughout the night (sometimes cleaning a cupboard!) all was helpful, I guess, to get me tired enough for real sleep to come.

    I never took any sleep aides. I TRIED to just be patient. I tried to develop a natural pattern of sleeping when I was tired. If I wasn't tired I busied myself doing things until I WAS tired. That helped me get several hours of quality sleep which gradually increased over the months.

    I'm about 10 months post op with #1 and about 6 months post op with #2.

    Be patient. Sleep will come. Try to relax and not worry.

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      Good advice because I am sorely tempted to resort to sleeping pills which a friend gave me.

      I haven't because the doctor refused to give me any on the grounds that taking co-codomol and sleeping piils is not a good idea.

      I have done jobs in the night also like cleaning out my bedside cabinet.

       

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      Hi Mary!

      I have always been a light sleeper. I have very sensitive hearing which will cause me to wake briefly if it starts to pelt rain outside or if the neighbor's dog barks or our heat pump turns on. We took care of my 99 then 100 year-old mom for two years, so I was constantly tuned to listen for her. I guess I never really give myself permission to get knocked out with sleeping aids because I am naturally an "on alert" type of person.

      Pain waking a person up is ANNOYING! Getting physically hooked on medication or even psychologically hooked on pain killers scares me. I got off the Hydrocodone from my second surgery after two weeks and the Oxycodone from my first surgery after I came home from the hospital a few days after my surgery. Both medications made me feel loopy. I decided Tylenol would work until I was done with my blood thinner shots. After those were done I just took Ibuprofen.

      It is a very personal decision. My husband has pheriphial neuropathy due to his diabetes and finds Bayer PM helps him sleep better at night. He didn't take it when I came home from the hospital and would need his help sometimes at first. I appreciated that! I was glad when I could get around well enough to not need help at night and he could get back to getting relief from the Bayer PM.

      There are many things to think about and many decisions to make!

      I hope you will find what helps YOU very soon!

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    Hi Loraine

    I feel for you I'm too 8 weeks post op and not sleeping at all well ! No matter what time I go to bed I wake up after 1 - 2 hrs in agony

    When I've had physio It seems to be even worse that night inspite of taking pain meds how are you managing to cope with it all?

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      Hi Jennie

      I'm 7 weeks post op but I'm in such a mess. It's a beautiful Saturday afternoon outside and I'm confined to these surreal four walls moaning and groaning with pain not only in my knee but now in my lower right back which feels like my kidneys are probably reacting to the monstrous load of pain killers I've been taking since around 11pm Saturday 13th February. I wonder what kind of surgeon axes the knee of a poor morsel like me at 9pm on a Saturday night?? Shouldn't he be at home with his wife and family?Not creating mayhem in a poor woman's life. At least with the osteoarthritis I could manage the pain but this has me screaming like Bertha in Jane Eyre.

      Do I succumb to the morphine or the mad house??

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    I am the same. Had my knee done on the 13th feb and it feels like ive got a boot on my leg when I lie down.

    Waking constantly throuhgout the night. falling asleep in the day but can't lie down because the pain or the uncomfortable feeling kicks in.

    Its a hidden pain syndrome  because nobody else can understand it except people on this forum.

    Even the man upstaird who told me his wife had both knees done (sadly passed away now) said she didnt have any pain.

    I dont believe that for one minutes and i think maybe she probably had either a washout or half knees done.

    Theres no way you can escape the pain i m sure.

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    Hi Lorraine, listen to the followers because nobody knows better than us,l am now 12 wk post op l am back to work  on the 5/4 l am dreading it,l am still in pain still taking painkillers ,my sleep is very interupted as l cannot sleep on my back, l put the pillows between my legs and manage to get onto my side but as l am restless l end up on my back in pain, there is no quick fix and everyone is giving such good advice but unless your in it you just don't know. Another follower said she did not believe anyone who says they have no pain 100% right, l can better that a woman in a store told me she knew somebody who had both knees done together and was back to work as a builder within 2 wks,l am afraid what absolute borderdash.if it sounds too good to be true it usually is .keep posting we r all in it together good luck.
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      Bling

      As someone who had both knees done the end of Jan. I am 11 weeks post- op there is no way in hell anyone went to work in 2 weeks. I was in great shape did zumba 5 days a week and waited tables 9 shifts a week. I have done my therapy and been trying my best. I am still in pain and stiff as a board in the mornings so I call rubbish on all those super souls who tell us all those impressive stories of their recovery. Keep it dialed here for truth it has helped me so much.

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      I agree -they're all liars!!

      I'm in such a mess. It's a beautiful Saturday afternoon outside and I'm confined to these surreal four walls moaning and groaning with pain not only in my knee but now in my lower right back which feels like my kidneys are probably reacting to the monstrous load of pain killers I've been taking since around 11pm Saturday 13th February. I wonder what kind of surgeon axes the knee of a poor morsel like me at 9pm on a Saturday night?? Shouldn't he be at home with his wife and family?Not creating mayhem in a poor woman's life. At least with the osteoarthritis I could manage the pain but this has me screaming like Bertha in Jane Eyre.

      Do I succumb to the morphine or the mad house??

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      Hi tana,If l remember rightly you are by to work shortly,l am by next tuesday 5/4 l popped into my office to get my time sheet for the week and was shocked at the sight of so many calls on my first day,l quieried this to be told well you have been off 3 moths,what so l have not been on holiday l shouted back,when you return to work will do the same hours,? I was also told you look well though ,mind  blowing .
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      Bling

      I am nowhere ready to go back to work having had both knees done I am not really even been released by my doctor. I don't think I could even a single shift , my doctor doesn't want me on a wet, greasy kitchen floor. But maybe soon smile

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      Hi bling

      Gosh I feel for you going back to work

      I had op first week in February and my knee is killing me by the end of the day from just normal house duties!

      I find as j get tired it is hard to not limp

      Not sure how to overcome this

      L

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