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Eight days out from surgery and taking Oxycontin and Tylenol, pain ranges between 5 and 7. I am having vivid nightmares every time I sleep. They are getting worse. Does anyone have advice how to stop this.
 

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I could not take Oxycotin, it makes me dizzy and crazy! I didn’t have nightmares but suspect I could have had I kept taking it. I have been lucky with Tramadol but it is not as strong and after 3 weeks are so it gives me headaches. Fortunately for me I have a high pain threshold can use this and can stop after 3 weeks or so and only use Advil. A neighbors mother, who does not have a high pain tolerance was crazy after taking Oxy but changed to Tramadol and it really helped her. But call your doctor and see what they say. Good luck!
 

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I agree with Cjackso21 - call your doctor and ask for an alternate medication. Everyone reacts differently to drugs. Oxy does bother many.
 

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Hello @Golflady - and :welome:

Here are our recovery guidelines for you - lots of useful and helpful articles:
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. Try to follow this

6. Access to these pages on the website

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
Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes 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 the 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 the member’s history before providing advice, so please post any updates or questions you have right here in this thread.
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@Golflady You sent me this PM. I thought it was best to answer you on your thread so that everyone who has the same issue can see the discussion.
Two and 1/2 weeks after tkr. Can't sleep. I take maybe two 2 hour naps a night. How long will this last?
Unfortunately sleep issues are a part of this recovery. Nap when you can during the day. Keep icing and elevating and take your medication around the clock, as prescribed. This will ease but it can take some time. Here's the article on this from our guidelines: Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?
 

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