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PKR Maddening Restless Leg

T Funkus

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Hello,
I am post op of 8 weeks from a lateral partial knee replacement. I am now off all narcotics.
I am experiencing severe restless leg syndrome and am not able to sleep. This started about 4 weeks ago. The narcotics did help a bit. Now that I am off the heavy meds there is no relief.
Is this normal? If so, is it Permanent or does it eventually go away?
it is totally exhausting and maddening.
 

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:welome: to BoneSmart.

It will go away, it's just the body reacting to a major assault. You might visit your normal doctor, perhaps there's a med that might help.

In the meantime:

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
ice
take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)​

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

6. Access these pages on the website

The Recovery articles:

There are also some cautionary articles here


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.
 

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Many of us get what we can "zingers" which feel like electric shocks as the nerves reconnect, so the leg jerks. This goes away fairly soon

If it's not this, and is the real McCoy, there seems to be many lifestyle changes and/or medications to sort it.


I notice that one of the recommended meds make you sleep, so that's a double benefit.
 

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Hello @T Funkus, welcome to Bonesmart. Please tell us your exact surgery date and which knee it was. We will add it to your signature for you.

I had the RLS for a while, too. My doctor suggested a use a heating pad on my quads, (not on the knee!), right before bed. It did seem to help some.
 

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been awake since 4am, my leg is doing its dance (nerve zings, but oh so like RLS) I'm day 13 post op
would be nice if my calf could do it thing during waking hours, but nooooooooo.

You are not alone
 

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We have an extensive library of informative articles right here on the Bonesmart forums, and here’s the article we have on Restless Leg Syndrome:

Here’s a link to the whole list of articles in the Bonesmart Library. Lots of topics there!
 

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