Tiredness

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Is it just me or does anyone else have a problem with exhaustion? I am 4 months from tkr and still am so tired most of the time. It is an effort just to stay awake.

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    Hi jeans the tiredness is murder as I suffer from lupus and it s taking its toal all I can say the last time I got my knee done five years ago I didn't push myself into trying to think you are  better. You have had a major op and it takes time and the does vary with everyone you could be great one day and exhausted the next. Just take one day at a time.

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    Hi jeanne

    During the first 8 weeks of my recovery I slept 10+ hrs a day/night. Then I started to reduce the Tramadol to 1-2 a day and started eating well. Before, food was not something I bothered too much about. Just ate when my sister cooked for me. At 15 weeks post op my energy levels have returned to pre op. I am trying to walk every day and I go to bed by 9 pm and get up around 5 am. I take a multivitamin every day. Best wishes to you for your return to good health. X

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    Hi I agree with the others the meds do make you tired plus of course doing so little is the most tiring thing ever make the most of it if you can LOLĀ 
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    I am only 3 1/2 weeks post op for TKR. I am doing very well and have little pain however I am sleeping 10+ hours a night and am still tired during the day! I only take 1 pain Med a day so do not think it is the pain Med. I think the surgery just really takes it out of you. I also do not have a patient husband. The doctor said I needed help for two weeks so he expects me to be back to normal now and is no longer helping me. It is SO impossible to get anything done. I just do not have the energy and am becoming depressed. I know now that this is going to take longer than I expected, I'm just not sure how I am going to handle it. Hubby is a disabled vet with a very bad back from surgery and PTSD. He angers quickly and does not understand anything other than exactly what the doctor said. I wish the doctor had made the timetable more clear when my husband was there. Just grateful I have very little pain as that would make it much harder. 

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      Hi peggy. I ditched my husband 8 years ago because he was an uncaring man. I now know that those types need to be told when we need help. Told and requested and clearly explained to as to why it is necessary. He needs a compassion lesson and maybe you could give him one! X
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      Peggy I know exactly how you feel! Most husbands are not understanding. Everyone heals differently. I am over 17 weeks and it takes all I have to get through the day. Cooking and cleaning, doing the dishes and trying to exercise. All they need to hear is how another person healed so quickly and they expect you to do the same. Work at your own pace. The housework can wait. It is important to take care of yourself first. I know I still shed many tears each day. We have had major surgery and it will take time to heal. It will get better. You are not alone.
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      Hi Peggy,I had my hip replaced last Year.I am a full time carer for my Disabled Hubby.After 6 weeks,if not Before the social services wanted me to cope.Anyway no wonder even now I am in pain.Hubby is also deaf & severely signed & also has chronic pain with O A of spine,hips & knees.We have a cleaner once a week,& I have to somehow cope!! My hips bring me to tears as do my knees.But I am utterly scared.Its a major op & I was told it can take up to a year to get back to normal.Regards Amanda h

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    I asked my doc why I was sleeping 10-12 hours.  He said: "All of the energy in your body is being directed to healing your knee."  So now I eat more protein and less carbs, go to bed at 10 and wake up at 8...regardlesss of how much I just want to stay in bed.  I know it will get better and that I'll be able to do a "normal" 8 hours but not just yet.  They body's gotta do what the body's gotta do...heal.

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    If I remember correctly, sleep didn't happen very often at night, which could explain your exhaustion. I was always tossing and struggling to find that comfortable position. And it never seemed to last long. I say, take naps when you can, rest so you can recovery. Lots of water too!

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    Hi Jeanne...Yes, I have the same problem as you.  I am up all night with pulling, throbbing and discomfort.  Then I get up to do my PT and barely have the energy to finish.  Remember, you don't eat the foods or take the supplements pre TKR.  I had to stop all my vitamins, herbal remedies and green leafy veggies because of the Coumedin medication for blood coagulation.  You need to talk to your doctor or go to a nutritionist who will help you get back your energy.

    Also, if you read all these blogs, many of the contributors explain what the body went through in surgery.  Oohhh I cringe when I think about it.

    Good luck and don't give up.

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