Hi everyone and thank you for this wonderful forum. I am 4mths post op left knee and feel I'm at the end of my tether. I had to return to work at 7 weeks as I don't get paid sick leave and can't afford to be off. I have struggled since I went back. This week I have cried every day on the way home because of the constant pain and exhaustion. I was crying in the supermarket today as I was overwhelmed at the thought of having to shop and get the trolley to the car. Ive spoken to my gp and surgeon and they say the pain and swelling can go on for a while. I'm just not coping trying to go back to normal life, my husband has assumed that since the surgeon said I could go back to work and drive at 7 weeks I should be able to just go back to doing everything I used to do and I struggle every day trying. If I don't take pain killers at night I can't sleep and if I do I'm groggy driving to work and exhausted while I'm there from not sleeping properly and being in pain. I was on Panadeine Forte but am now on mersyndol forte I try to only take one at night but most nights I have to take two just to get through the pain. I ice and elevate before and as soon as I get home and most days do my basic physio exercises at least once a day sometimes twice. I walk around a lot in my job. I am so sick of myself and with not coping I'm losing all my confidence and myself . Everything just seems too hard right now.