Post TKR tiredness

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Hello

I had a TKR 3 weeks ago and all going well except continual tiredness. I realise that sleep is broken but just wondered if anyone had any tips. Thank youtwisted

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    Oh dear I remember that very well I am now fast approaching wk 10 and getting at least 5h straight sleep then wake up turn over rearrange pillow between knees and start again.

    I know it is an awful feeling lack of sleep I just took every chance I could to nap during the day mainly after exercise / ice / TV - don't try too do to much and listen to your body

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    I too remember the sleeping issue myself. I am 7 week post op and sleeping is one area I seem to of mastered.

    I did go two weeks straight with no more than two hours each night. I found I was able to doze off on the sofa in the early hours (I cannot straighten my TKR leg much) by hanging my heal off the edge, I found some relief.

    I also take Amitriptolyne for nerve pain caused in op. An hour before bed time is ideal as they make me sleepy. I wake up after 4 hours without fail but after a drink of water I can sleep again for another 2.

    I actually find sleeping on my good side with a cushion between my knees the most comfortable.

    Also when struggling to sleep I put some music on...anything to take my mind off it.

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      Hi I also drift off to either music or a film on TV thankfully husband comes up and switches it off so no shock when I wake up.

      Good to hear that you have mastered sleeping

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    Hard one and will improve in time. Even when sleeping better I am still tired as everything is more effort. A bedtime routine helped me and also a routine for when i woke up did the same thing, got up, went to toilet, took a tablet, iced and got back into bed. Lying resting is still good for you even if not asleep. It will pass. 
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    I don't sleep either. Best of luck to you... I nap in the day. And night is hopeless. I try sleep on side with pillow in between knees. But it's real hard. Hope your recovery goes smooth...
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    I have been using my  I pod  I have nice soothing music on which really helps, also I think it puts something else in my head besides how rubbish I feel. I also use lavender oil on my pillow, but the best advice I have been given is sleep at ant opportunity you get. Best wishes
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