TKR and sleep

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Has anyone figured out a way to get sleep at night? I have tried Unisom but it still takes a couple of hours to fall asleep and then I wake up several times. Leg just aches.

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    I had both knees done in the summer. Icing my knees before I went to sleep took tha pain away and I could actually fall asleep. Good luck! It does get better, way better, over time.
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    I haven't and if anyone does let me know too! I take a twelve hour 10 mg OxyContin, four hour norco 5/325 mg, 3 TraZoDone 50mg and still no sleep.

    Sorry no help but let's hope someone does. Good luck a speedy recovery to you. 😃😴

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    Ice it good before bedtime....try OTC melitonine tablets 30 mins before bedtime. Use an anti inflammatory and try different thickness pillows or anything soft between the knees to avoid bone on bone contact between the legs. Increase water intake. Don't do a lot of exercises or walking just prior to bedtime. Rest during the day. Over exertion during the day will cause nighttime issues. Its just a matter of time and you will slowly start resting better but the 1st 2 to 3 months can cause you to think you are losing your mind.

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    Hi michelle

    I'm 11 weeks in and suffered with the sensitivity, aching, etc. No medication during the day and did push myself on the exercises.

    At about 8 weeks was prescribed Amitriptyline 1x25mg tablet and two paracetamol an hour before bed but just after an ice pack. Then had a warm wrap on the knee for final 30 minutes. 

    This was my turing point, still wake occasionally but do go back off straight away. Everyone will be different but the Amitriptyline is a nerve relaxer and at no risk with these doses. Worth a shot

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      Voltaren Gel (RX in the US).  Second best topical anti-inflammatory on the planet.  Relief in about 15 minutes.  Works very well, especially at bedtime.

      PS: The BEST topical on the planet is a green "lotion" made by certain people, distributed at certain dispensaries, in certain states, to certain people, with a certain special medical card.  Works in 5 minutes!  Amazing stuff...  Pain relief; no other effects.

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      I know it's available in Colorado, US...and probably some other similar states.  When you go into a dispensary, you just ask for "lotion"...everyone knows what it is...

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      Thanks for all your helpful info , taken on board. I just want to ask how long does it take for the swelling to go down ? I still have a dressing on ,by the surgery after 3 weeks post TKR as wound sometimes bleeds & they worry about infection. Thanks in advance. 

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      Swelling is common at this point but the big thing is to avoid swelling in the future by not pushing the knee beyond what it can do each day.  Slow and easy.  Swelling means you did too much.  A FitBit or other pedometer to count your steps is very helpful.  Find your swelling point, back off and increase gradually.
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    I find doing last set of exercise 60 minutes before bed and icing helps.9 weeks post it gets better but still the odd interrupted night. Sleep with pillowhat between leg ando lie on unoperated aide if side sleeper. Take your pain medicatin before bed.
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    Why does everyone (me included) without fail,have this problem.

     

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    I would never sleep, even before surgery, if it wasn't for

    Seroquel. If I wake up in the middle of the nite, I can go back to

    sleep. Seroquel is a prescription drug. Your doctor should give

    it to you without a problem. If not, go to your surgeon. It has

    saved my life especially now . Sleep is necessary for the

    healing process.

    Good luck!

    Mary Kay

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