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Sleeping---Like Looking for the Holy Grail?

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by referee54, Dec 21, 2007.

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  1. referee54

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    I am 53, and I had a bilateral knee replacement done on November 8th---everything is fine, range of motion is now at almost 115 for both knees, and I am driving and walking with only one cane. But sleeping is impossible! I have never been so frustrated! It is not that I am in pain, but I can never get comfortable. I get up, ride the bike, walk around the house, etc.---I am not sleeping with my wife now as I toss and turn. I finally get some sleep at around 5:30---9:30 AM ( I teach and have been on sick leave) I go back to my class room on January 3rd. I would give my left arm for a decent night's sleep! When does it get better?
     
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    Oh bless you, ref! There are several posts/threads in here speaking of that very problem. People tell how they have various coping strategies for sleepless nights.

    One lady actually invested in a small fridge she could keep beside her bed filled with gel packs so she could ice without having to get out of bed! Little tvs with head sets, books, thermos with a hot drink, a recliner chair so you can get a little bit more comfortable with the minimum effort. Some advocate sleeping in the guest room so you can mooch around without disturbing your spouse.

    In other words - just do what works! The elusive good night's sleep comes at different times for different people but it does come. Like my personal favourite saying ...............

    "All good things come to he who waits







    .................................................................................................................................. long enough"!!
     
  3. JuneBug88

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    I am also having the same problem. I had my rt tkr on November 27th. I some nights it is so hard to find a comfortable place to sleep. I still have a hospitial bed. When I cant get comfortable there I go on my recliner with a pillow under my leg and ice on my knee. I seem to have better luck there. Also my doctor has given me sleeping pills to help me sleep. Sleep is very important for recovery. If you dont have a recliner ask to borrow a friends or family member. I hope this helps you find sleep.
    Debbi
     
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