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I am so glad I found this forum. I had a left partial knee replacement on December 18th and feel quite lucky compared to some of the posts I read about this post-op "burning pain". I am an RN.and used to work on the ....wait for it....orthopedic floor. So, I though I had a good knowledge base going into this. My surgery was a partial versus total knee replacement as the doctor did not know what he would find once he opened up my knee. I felt quite lucky that I only needed a partial knee replacement! I only had to stay overnight, and my husband has been quite jealous of my progress since he has been comparing it to his TKR 3 years ago. While I AM walking without a cane now, I still surprised by a burning pain shooting down my thigh, or sometimes calf, when I do certain movements. I have deduced that it is nerve pain, and have tried to deduce what motions cause it. On top of that, sleep is still elusive. I have been reading posts while drinking a mixture of vodka and cran-grape juice. I have purchased an herbal supplement for sleep and usually take my only pain pill (on non-PT days) before I go to bed. But so far, I have been unable to get a real good night's sleep. My 2nd check-up with my orthopod is on February 1st. I worry that I will be "released" to work and will continue to suffer from both the burning nerve pain and lack of sleep. However, after reading some other posts, I realize that I need to ask my surgeon or my primary for neurotin or some other nerve pain reliever. Thanks for "listening" to my small tales of woe! I feel relieved to unburden myself to people who can truly empathize. Please feel free to share your story with me or, even better, offer me words of encouragement! I am so looking for a post like "things will get better". Oh, I forgot to mention, I also have RA. Any others out there dealing with surgery recovery and an RA flare?
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