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I am coming up to 11 weeks post op, I am waking up at night with my.knee locked and really bad pain. Does anyone get this please. I am pretty much back to normal during the day as long as I take regular strong pain relief, once again is any one else having this problem.

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    I think it may be best to wean off pain relief now, gradually, and respond to pain with the usual rest, ice elevate. What happens at night is probably a true reflection of how your knee feels without medication.

    How much medication are you taking?

    Listen to your knee.

    Royal college of surgeons website says pain relief up to 3 months ...

    Obviously this doesn't mean none at all beyond that point, as many people still have pain to a moderate degree after that, as the body is still very busy healing, but the early days of not holding back on medication , i.e. first month, is over now.

    This is my opinion, based on my own experience only...

    Pain is there for a reason, it is telling you something. I would try reducing medication in day, doing less, more rest, and then maybe take a pain killer in the middle of the night?

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      Thank you for your kind reply.

      I have dropped my meds right down, I still take them at night. I agree with what you say .

      I just wondered if anyone else gets the locking of the knee at night.

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      My knee doesn't lock but I do wake up with pain especially if I've been laid on my side. It's a nerve type pain I now sleep with two pillows between my legs which seemed to help last night. I'm still taking pain meds especially anti inflammatory ones, icing and elevating also 

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    I don't get that Deb, and I sleep in every position there is. I'm a restless sleeper, always have been so maybe I'm not in the one position too long. Do you stay sleeping and wake to the locking and the pain?

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