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auntmarmar (@auntmarmar)

Knee Replacement: Insomnia post-surgery

Joint Replacements | Last Active: Nov 22, 2020 | Replies (33)

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Well from my research, anxiety and depression are not uncommon after major surgery, as is insomnia. My surgeons office Said that insomnia is their number one complaint after total knee replacement. They also said that most prescription drugs will not work. At this point, I think the main cause of my anxiety and depression is the sleeplessness. Of course sleeplessness is also a consequence of anxiety and depression! Ugh! Thanks for responding to my post.

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@auntmarmar I have only had insomnia after surgery when I have been in pain. I think it is a vicious circle — sleeplessness makes a person anxious, and anxiety makes it hard to sleep, so I agree with you entirely.
Would your doctor give you a small prescription of lorazepam (generic Ativan)? My doctor gives me a prescription for 10, once a year. It helps me on anxious nights and I do fall asleep when I take it. My prescription is a small dosage also. It just takes the edge off I think.
I hope you manage to get some sleep soon, it's awful to go around feeling exhausted all of the time.
JK