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[TKR] 3 weeks post TKR

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by DMC, Jan 24, 2019.

  1. DMC

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    I had right TKR exactly 3 weeks ago. My flexion is great 116, extension is -8.

    My problem is I CANNOT sleep. It is making me miserable.

    My knee pain is minimal. I am exercising. I ice and use heat. I find myself crying every night because I cannot get comfortable or sleep. Any suggestions???
     
  2. Jaycey

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    @DMC Welcome to BoneSmart! Unfortunately sleep issues are a part of this recovery. Here's a link to an article from our Library all about it: Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it? If you can nap during the day do so. Are you elevating and icing?

    Here's some guideline for you:

    Knee Recovery: The Guidelines

    1. Don’t worry: Your body will heal all by itself. Relax, let it, don't try and hurry it, don’t worry about any symptoms now, they are almost certainly temporary

    2. Control discomfort:
    rest
    elevate
    ice
    take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)
    don't overwork

    3. Do what you want to do BUT
    a. If it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physical therapist - to do it to you
    b. If your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it again.​

    4. PT or exercise can be useful BUT take note of these

    5. At week 4 and after you should follow this Activity progression for TKRs

    The Recovery articles:
    The importance of managing pain after a TKR and the pain chart
    Swollen and stiff knee: what causes it?

    Energy drain for TKRs

    Elevation is the key

    Ice to control pain and swelling

    Heel slides and how to do them properly

    Chart representation of TKR recovery

    Healing: how long does it take?

    Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it

    There are also some cautionary articles here
    Myth busting: no pain, no gain
    Myth busting: the "window of opportunity" in TKR
    Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds

    We try to keep the forum a positive and safe place for our members to talk about their questions or concerns and to report successes with their joint replacement surgery.

    While members may create as many threads as they like in a majority of BoneSmart's forums, we ask that each member have only one recovery thread. This policy makes it easier to go back and review history before providing advice.
     
  3. Kenello

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    It has been helpful to read the articles, and Melatonin has helped me, even though it never did before.
     
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    Hello, sry to hear you are having sleep issues. I use a magnesium supplement called " Calm". This alone helps me relax but the same brand has a special formula designed for sleep. IT has some added SAFE natural ingredients like Melatonin; this formula works especially well for me. You can see and buy them both on Amazon. I do know those unbearable restless nights which is part of this recovery process. I would have thought it was " just me" if I didnt belong to this site. Good luck to you.
     
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    Hello @DMC - and :welome: to recovery.

    Please will you tell us the full date of your knee replacement and which knee it is, so we can make a signature for you? Thank you.:flwrysmile:
     
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    Be very careful with heat. It causes swelling and feeds inflammation. Icing and elevating is the best thing you can do for your knee your first few months.
     
  7. Dolly Girl

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    Oh the sleep thing is tough, a recliner has helped me but it's really difficult for all of us.
     
  8. LDB63

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    Ahhh Yes... I remember! I started using Tylenol PM and It has been a dream! I haven't slept better in years. It got me through those first weeks! It's non addictive and it truly helps... I asked my doctor if I could just keep on taking it and he sad yes! It's ingredients are Tylenol and Benadryl! Love it! I'm 12 weeks post op.
     
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    I'd really like to offer you some structured advice but in order to do that, I also need to ask you some questions. Are you willing for me to do that?
     

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