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Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by Pecanpie, Jul 6, 2019.
Getting a full rotation is exciting! Now just don’t overdo it and bike for too long.
Sleeping on your side this early in recovery is quite a feat, as is a bike rotation! Yay!
I am so envious!! I still can't manage to sleep on my side and I really miss it!
I recently got a voltaren (declofenac generic ) anti-inflammation gel for my foot injury and am surprised that (if I follow the directions LOL), it helps reduce the swelling. The pamphlet says it is also good for hands and knees, and in the last few days, when we had rain and low pressure, I tried it on my knee and it helped there as well.
My OS usually doesn’t recommend topicals other than for the benefit from the soft massaging of applying it, but he did say he thought this would help—if I used the correct amount and used it 3x day.
I had to keep calling my surgeon's office every 3-4 days to get a refill of my oxycodone Rx. The lady who handled them finally got a big frustrated and told me that 60 pills a refill should be enough. 60? I was surprised to hear it was for 60 pills! The pharmacy, in cahoots with the Rx insurance company, would only give me 42 pills max - 30% less than the prescription stated. After two more weeks the insurance company decided I could get the higher amount of pills. But, by them I had done my research and found that one 500mg of Acetaminophen and one 200mg of ibuprofen is a very adequate alternative. Now, I only take the remaining oxycodone pills I have if I can't get to sleep at night.
@ApricotPie - I am taking these meds (Tylenol/advil), but not in this combination. Interesting.
So tonight is the second night without any dihydrocodeine and suddenly I'm wide awake and it's not even midnight....
I had cut down from 3 per day to 2 per day to one at bedtime and it was ok last night when I had none.
Is this just 'normal ' knee insomnia? Or is it likely the lack of dihydrocodeine? I'm going to persevere...just wondering if I'm overthinking it!
When I woke this morning my knee felt the most normal ever...not yet mine ..but not sore or stiff or tight
Tightness developed as the day went on, but manageable with paracetamol and diclofenac.
I can see a glimmer of light at the end of this tunnel ...but thinking this could be a long night!!!
I have no idea about the meds but that's great that its feeling more normal-ish. I hope you get some sleep!!
I don't know if its the meds or just post surgery, but I had similar experiences. I'm not afraid of the drugs, but I certainly didn't want to take them if I felt fine.
I hope you eventually got back to sleep. How about tonight? Better?
Once I did get off to sleep around midnight...I slept for 4 hours straight!! Which is the longest stint in 8 weeks
Maybe my body is just adjusting .... after being off dihydrocodeine for a couple of days I am REALLY looking forward to a glass of red wine tonight.... Friday night