- Jan 19, 2019
- United States
I am a 75 year old woman and two and a half weeks out from my TKR and am doing remarkably well except for being unable to sleep for the past week. My home PT is concluding today and I my ROM is already 115-105. I had a doctor's appointment this week and half of my staples were removed--the rest to be removed in another 5 days. My problem is a painful burning sensation and tightness in the skin around my incision that doesn't respond to either the over the counter or prescription pain relievers at night. It doesn't seem to be a problem during the day and most days I take no pain relievers at all. Once I get up and moving, the pain and stiffness go away but nighttime is another story. I use an ice machine that sometimes helps but I can't get into a comfortable sleeping position to allow me to fall asleep.. I was able to sleep the first week and a half after surgery but not now. I try to nap but again, I can't seem to fall asleep. I am so tired. Also, my doctor thinks that because I am doing so well that I do not need outpatient physical therapy. My home PT thinks I should go for at least a few weeks as I am still not walking correctly without my cane and need to get on a treadmill, walk backwards and use an exercise bicycle.