spasms /tremors/cramps

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currently about 5 months out of TKR. Started getting very painful spasms at night about 4 weeks post op. Dreaded going to bed. They have lessened in frequency and severity as I am on Ropiranol (which is for restless leg syndrome) taken an hr before bed relief for about 4 1/2 hrs. Then the spasms commence so I get up for the day. Operating on little sleep. Anyone been bothered with the tremors and spasms in the knee and leg? Surgeon has "never heard of it. Hmmm!

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    i am there with you. right knee 6 months and left knee 3 months. total nightmare. do not want to go to sleep, walking legs, spasms . when i get to sleep i get about 30 minutes then wake up with severe spasms and that is still going on to this day. my consultant said that it was my thigh that was not strong enough . when i get up first thing in the morning and have breakfast when i try and stand up i am in total agony for about 5 minutes till the pain wears off and the spasms stop. so to answer your question, yes i have heard of it

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      Thanks for the reply. Did you ever have restless leg before the surgery?

      I did but it was certainly a mild case. This is different. my PC thinks it is all related to Restless leg. I know different as the only leg that spasms is the right leg since surgery. Accupuncture 3 visits helped some but didn't take it away. Too expensive for me to continue at $90.00 a pop.

      Physical therapist hadn't heard of it. Leg will start to tremble then unexpectedly snap backward and freeze there until my husband can straighten it out for me and massage it to loosen the muscle.

      I wish this site had a search bar so we could look up certain symptoms.

      I don't know how you went back for a 2nd operation.Very brave.

      What are you doing for the spasms?

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      when I spoke to my physio she said that it was the muscles that were having to change shape as you have been using them the wrong way for 8 years. I did have wrestles legs before it all happened as well, yes

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    Hello!! oh yeah! I have them too..tremors bad in my leg when I stand up. I need to just stand for a minute then it passes, and restless comes about 7 at night for some reason. My ankle and foot get sooo swollen after up for 5 minutes and I even wake up with it. I'm 10 weeks out.

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    I'm the same when I first stand up. mainly first thing in the morning. I have seen the pain in my thighs and knees make me sit down again. it's no fun. it is going to be worth it in the end

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    Started the increased dose of Ropiranol Sleeping all night without pain or spasms. Great days because I am now rested.

    I was always a hiker and mt climber. The knee gave out 6 yrs ago after jumping off a boulder and landing on the right leg. RTKR in April. Nights had been horrendous with the spasms. However the days are good.

    Two days ago climbed a small mt. boulders and all. What a thrill. The new knee will give you back your life if you can just get through the recovery without getting too discouraged. I am 74 yrs old.

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