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1 day ago · Using a knee wedge after total knee replacement? in Joint Replacements

Thank you for your reply. Tomorrow I am 4 weeks post-op. I’m happy to report that I am doing very well. My flexion is at 113 after being stuck at 95 for about 5 days. Once I got past that it’s been easier to make progress each day. I’m using Ibuprofen and icing and elevating for pain control. Now that I’m off the Rx pain meds I have resumed talking Rx sleep meds. Most nights now sleeping isn’t a problem, but some nights I wake up with discomfort that keeps me awake for awhile.

I love walking with my new knee! After 14 years of progressive knee pain, I’m amazed at pain free walking. Overall, my TKR has been a good experience.

I hope you have great results with your new knee. Be well!

2 days ago · Knee replacement with post traumatic osteoarthritis in Joint Replacements

Hi, @rtbadleg. I just had a total right knee replacement on 1/21/19, due to post-traumatic osteoarthritis. Like you, I had a cortisone injection 3 months prior to my surgery. I had one in July, 2018, and another in November of 2018. After years of getting relief from injections, the last two did nothing, plus I started having a reaction to the shots. After wasting years postponing the surgery, it was time for a TKR.

I had to wait 3 months and by then I had basically been without relief from injections for about 9 months. During those 3 months I tried several “non prescription” braces. I used an Ace brand with Velcro straps most often. It was a less than perfect fix, but better than nothing. I did feel it was very helpful when walking downstairs or downhill.

I also tried various rubs like Aspercreme with Lidocaine, and Icy-Hot. The relief would be minimal and short lived. I even used CBD oil for a time, but got no results.

My doctor prescribed Hydrocodone 5-325 for the last month. It helped, but it didn’t take all the pain away.

I own a business and can mostly work at a desk. I don’t have a farm, but I have horses, a cow and dogs and parrots. I am lucky to have a husband who stepped up and cared for them. I still managed to cook, do laundry and keep a clean house, but I did have to lower my standards a bit.

I wish I could tell you that I found the perfect answer for you as you await your surgery, but I can’t.

I can tell you that the TKR has changed my life for the better, and I improve more and more every day. I had a Valgus Deformity so I got a Zimmer Biomet Persona knee. Even at less than a month post surgery, I am experiencing very little discomfort. Walking feels great for the first time in 14 years!

I hope your wait for the surgery passes quickly. I think you might remind yourself that each passing day gets you closer to your cure. You are going to be amazed at how great it is to have a normal leg again. Good luck to you.

Please visit this group often to talk. There are so many kind and helpful folks here. Be good to yourself every little chance you get. 👍🏻

6 days ago · Weaning off zolpidem (Ambien) in Sleep Health

I have never heard of a situation like yours, and I am so appalled that you have been left hanging like this. Have you asked that pharmacist about what you can expect when long term Ambien use is discontinued “cold turkey”? Would your doctor lower your dose and prescribe something to work in conjunction with the Ambien?

I was an insomniac for 40 years. About 3 years ago my dr. finally prescribed a safe combination of anti anxiety meds and I have been a 95% normal sleeper since.

Good luck. I’m so sorry this is happening to you.

6 days ago · Weaning off zolpidem (Ambien) in Sleep Health

He prescribed .5 mg Alprazolam and two 50 mg Trazodone. It turns out I'm one of those people for whom less is more. He said on nights when I still have problems I can take a 3rd Trazodone 2 hours after the first 2.

Ambien didn't work for me and made me feel lousy.

Costco/Kirkland makes a sleep aid that doesn't use diphenhydramine. I accidentally left my meds at home when I went out of town earlier this year. My daughter had me try those and I had good results.

6 days ago · burning after total knee replacement in Joint Replacements

When did you have your TKR? Is there a specific area that burns? Do you feel the burning all the time? Have you felt it from the beginning or has the burning feeling developed over a few days? Is your discomfort from the burning relieved by pain meds, if you’re taking pain meds? Is the burning relieved by icing?

For the first 1-1/2 weeks after my recent right TKR, I felt a lot of a burning type pain each time I lowered my leg after having it elevated. I assumed it was a circulation issue. I now experience a burning, tingling feeling in the patella area. It lasts from a couple of seconds to a couple of minutes. It’s bearable but it definitely gets my attention each time it happens.

There are lots of supportive TKR folks here with countless experiences going through the TKR process. I hope someone can answer your question. Good luck!

Sun, Feb 3 3:59pm · Using a knee wedge after total knee replacement? in Joint Replacements

I have had trouble sleeping since Day 1. I have a history of insomnia. For about the last 3 years I have been sleeping almost like a normal person. The surgery put a stop to that. Even the night after the surgery I was in too much pain to sleep.

I had my surgery done by a surgeon that came highly recommended. It was a wonderful hospital and the nursing staff couldn’t have been more kind, caring, efficient and attentive. I was walking 3 hours after my surgery, PT started the next morning, and was twice a day until I was discharged the morning of the 4th day. I have continued at home and will start formal PT on 2/11.

The first day after surgery, my pain was not well controlled. When my surgeon made rounds the second day I mentioned it. He made an adjustment and I had less pain. Of course some pain is to be expected.

At discharge, I was given a week’s supply of pain meds. They lasted through the 9th day, and I called for a refill.

I was shocked at the lecture I got from the doctor’s nurse about opioids and addiction. She said she would ask the doctor and call me back. She called on the 10th day to say he was authorizing a 5 day refill and that was the last refill.

I’m still having significant pain, especially at night. I’m also having a lot of thigh pain and swelling. Supposedly that is because of a tourniquet and is not uncommon. The thigh pain is worse than the knee pain, which is almost gone. Right or wrong, I have been trying to save some of the pain meds for PT. I have heard it can be quite painful.

I can remember prior hospitalizations and surgeries in the past 25 years. The theory about pain was “Pain never felt is pain never felt”. Not so these days. Now it feels more like “One opioid can cause addiction”. I think if I had better pain control at night I could sleep. I think lack of sleep has a cumulative negative effect on healing and progress. It’s a sign of the times.

I have heard good things about acupuncture. I think I may give that a try.

Wed, Jan 30 4:35am · Using a knee wedge after total knee replacement? in Joint Replacements

I had a right TKR on 1/21. Even in the hospital I couldn’t sleep at night because of knee pain.

Multiple sources, including a hospital issued post TKR book and my discharge instructions, warn against putting a pillow under the knee.

Does anyone know if a knee wedge would fall into the category of a pillow? Has anyone used a wedge with good results? Has anyone had their doctor or physical therapist tell them to not use a knee wedge?

I will ask my joint care coordinator tomorrow, but as I have been awake for the last 2-1/2 hours, I’ve had plenty of time to think about possible solutions to night pain. BTW, I am taking Rx pain meds, but pain still wakes me up every night. A knee wedge sounds good to me right now.

Thank you for any input.

Tue, Jan 29 1:00pm · How well is pain controlled after total knee replacement? in Joint Replacements

I have always had great results with Ibuprofen. However, I was told to stop taking it 10 days before the surgery and for an unspecified amount of time after the surgery, something to do with clotting issues. I’m with you: I get much better results with Ibuprofen than I get with Tylenol. Thank you for your reply.