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8 hours ago · Bad nights and dreams in Mental Health

@ryman @lisalucier I go through periods when if I wake during the night I can't get back to sleep, and/or I can't get to sleep initially either. These are generally if I am stressed about something, or if I am facing a very challenging day the next day, or even if I am traveling the next day.
Thankfully I am not having those problems recently, except when I wake up anytime after about 5:00 A.M. Then I often cannot get back to sleep, even if I did not get to bed until late.

If I go to bed knowing I am stressed I will sometimes take half of a Benadryl, or a 3 mg melatonin. The Benadryl does help me get to sleep but I don't think the sleep is as restful and I have to leave plenty of time for it to wear off before I plan to do anything the next day – 8 hours minimum. Very occasionally I take lorazepam. My doctor is very conservative and gives me a prescription for 10, once a year, so obviously it is very occasional that I use them.

With any of these though, you do not want to use them nightly. They are habit forming so can become a problem if taken too frequently.

Are there things on your mind that are stressing you? You mention an appointment with a psychologist coming up. Unless you know that the changes you mention, or whatever may be causing this is temporary, I would definitely go to that. It could help with stresses that are causing your problem. Hopefully, if medication is suggested it will be something mild that does not easily cause dependency but will help you to get through this. I have read too much from people trying to wean themselves from strong pills and having much difficulty.

Good luck with this, I hope the psychologist is able to help you.
JK

9 hours ago · scar tissue after knee replacement in Joint Replacements

@gutthookd John, not only have you had more surgeries and more problems than most of us, but you have certainly spent a great deal of time getting well-informed on the problems with these surgeries.
I had significantly more pain than typical for about 5 – 6 weeks following my TKR in October, 2017. During that time my surgeon was concerned and was seeing me weekly to check up on how things were going. Remarkedly, to my and his relief, the pain suddenly lifted and things have been great ever since.
I honestly did not know how fortunate I was. I would like better flex in both knees, but after reading what others have gone through I realize that is really a minor issue. I hope you are able to reach a more satisfactory point with your knees. It cannot be easy to be going through so much. I really applaud you for having educated yourself so well on the problems with knee replacements. I heard, after I had my second TKR, that 30% of the people who have them are not happy with them. I probably would not have proceeded with the second TKR if I had been aware of that. The first TKR was an absolute necessity, I was in pain 24/7 and limping terribly.
JK

9 hours ago · scar tissue after knee replacement in Joint Replacements

@u13496 It is possible that the difference has nothing to do with the weather and temperatures but just that often two surgeries, even when done at the same time by the same surgeon, are often not alike in the end result.
My last TKR was in mid-October, 2017, so there was plenty of cold weather in the following two months and when I was in NYC in December it was quite cold but I did not have stiffness. I don't know anything really about stiffness, not having experienced it, but I would think it could come from scar tissue. That is probably unlikely though since you have great flex.
If it is the weather that is causing the stiffness, then hopefully in a few months when it begins to warm up again, the stiffness will go away and stay away.
JK

10 hours ago · Facial Swelling - no diagnosis after 2 years in Autoimmune Diseases

@vvil198 This sounds very distressing. There is nothing worse than when there is something wrong with one of our children, whether they be youth or adult. You say Kaiser, must you use Kaiser or do you have other options like @tinkerbell mentioned? I would definitely get to a major medical center, one that is highly regarded. I went a long time without a diagnosis and things did turn out fine for me but I know now that if I ever have something that is not diagnosed in a reasonable amount of time I will be off to the city.
If you are able to make progress in finding out what the problem is please let us know. I am truly concerned for your son.
JK

11 hours ago · Gratitude Discussion Group in Just Want to Talk

@hopeful33250 When my sister re-did her kitchen a number of years ago I told her should get those cardboard fronts that look like appliances. She was not amused. She actually does cook, but as little as possible. I take after our mother in cooking, I was always out in the kitchen with her, watching.
JK

11 hours ago · Gratitude Discussion Group in Just Want to Talk

@jakedduck1 Jake, I love that expression, I will have to remember it and use it.
You do not sound as if you enjoy CA. Have you thought of moving? What part do you live in? I know it gets pretty hot when you get away from the coast. I doubt you would enjoy New England though. I do like having seasons so I think if I was to move south the furthest I would go would be Virginia.
JK

11 hours ago · scar tissue after knee replacement in Joint Replacements

@melcpa86 Thanks, this is very informative.
JK

1 day ago · Kidney transplant - The Journey from the Donor's Side in Transplants

@cmael It's so nice when your "children" are grown up and you really like the people they have become. It sounds like you have great daughters. I know I have a great son and daughter. I am especially happy that they are friends now, they were really not when they were growing up.
JK