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First, this is definitely not uncommon...especially in the first 30-60 days which are the absolute worst. Try some of this...
- OTC Melatonin or Diphenhydramine (cheap, generic Benadryl) an hour before bed. Make sure you're not allergic first. The former is available in strengths from 3-10mg. Start low and increase if necessary. The latter is the same ingredient in all "PM"-style products. Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine that makes you drowsy. Adult dosage is 25-50mg.
- Also an hour before bed, turn off ALL electronics (computer, TV, cell phone, etc.). Prepare your body for sleep.
- If applicable, take your nighttime meds.
- Prepare the room to be completely dark. Drapes or blindfold.
- Go to the bathroom and empty your bladder. This lessens your chance of having to go in the middle of the night.
- Apply some Voltaren Gel (RX in the US). Best topical anti-inflammatory out there.
- If you are having a problem with incision site sensitivity rubbing against your sheets, wrap the knee loosely with an ACE bandage or slip on a knee sleeve.
- Read a book for a half hour then lights out. Great way to let go of the day and become drowsy.
- I enjoy listening to some Native American flute music. Very calming.
- Get a diffuser and some lavender oil. Mmmmmmm.....
- Against my doc's recommendation, I elevated and iced for the first month or so. Your call on this one.
If none of this works, call Warner Brothers and have them send over Wiley Coyote with the giant mallet he tries to use on The Roadrunner...or the 16-ton weight he drops off the cliff, through your roof and onto your head. Those will definitely work!!!
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