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Sun, Sep 29 1:05am · I'm freaking out- please weigh in in Joint Replacements

Thanks, Debbra. You're always so helpful. The x-rays didn't show any damage and their is a coinciding of the increased exercise and the pain. So I do think they're related. I do ice afterward and honestly, the distance feels easy to me since cycling has been my thing for decades. I may have torqued it somehow even with gentle exercise. They put me back on tramadol as needed and I'm going back to my PT exercises for strengthening as well. It's so disheartening to have made such progress and then have a set back. I was always one to "go hard" so I think I'm going to have to temper my expectations. At least another surgery is ruled out- that was my biggest freak out!! Thank you again!

Sun, Sep 29 1:00am · I'm freaking out- please weigh in in Joint Replacements

Thanks for your reply. I was in good shape pre-surgery and I am a long distance biker so the rides seemed comfortable.My knees still feel a little strange in water so biking is the low impact exercise of choice. I might have torqued my knee doing exercise or even a rapid movement on the bike. Ironically, biking feels better than walking to me. The X-rays didn't show any damage to the appliance- yeah- but not knowing what it is bothers me. Let's just hope it goes away. I just landed at my vacation destination with my bicycle, so we'll see how I do this week! Thank you!

Thu, Sep 26 1:19pm · I'm freaking out- please weigh in in Joint Replacements

I had bilateral TKRs this year-one in February and one in May. I did well after both of them. Within the last few weeks,I've gotten back to outdoor cycling, very light aerobic workouts (i chose the "senior citizen" tapes to be sure they were gentle), and resuming normal activities. For the last week, my first knee- the one that should be better, is in serious pain when I walk. I can ascend hills, do stairs both up and down, but walking on level pavement and descending hills is excruciating. It's worse than pre-surgery. I am seeing my doctor for X-rays tomorrow but am very scared that I screwed up somehow. I did have some dental work recently but took my antibiotics. Can someone please tell me that I just did too much too fast? My bike rides ARE long (12-22 miles each) but I felt no knee pain. I am so afraid of having to have surgery again, I could just cry. It was a lot to go through two TKRs within 3 months- the thought of going under the knife again is killing me. I was just getting my life back and now this….And words of wisdom?

Tue, Jun 25 7:30am · Knee Replacement: Insomnia post-surgery in Joint Replacements

I'm 6 weeks out from my second knee surgery and once again, I am having a terrible time with insomnia. And to make it worse, I get a ton of anxiety and just can't get comfortable. It's almost like a panic attack. To top it off, in week 4, I started experience post-surgery nausea and vomiting. I wake up each more and dry heave and even vomit as soon as I get to the kitchen in the morning. This has lasted 2 weeks. (I did get an anti-nausea medication). Has anyone else had these issues? Some nights I'm still up at 3 am, trying to get comfortable. I have loaded myself up with Zzquil, Benedryl, and other over the counter meds to knock me out. I thought with the opioids I'm still on, it would do the trick. Nope. Am I alone?

Wed, Jun 12 8:19am · Knee Replacement: Insomnia post-surgery in Joint Replacements

I think you're normal. I am 4 weeks out of surgery for my second TKR (first one was in February) and insomnia was horrible both times. I am experiencing a ton of anxiety this time as well. I have charted my sleep patterns through my Fitbit. The good news is that sleep issues will start to level out after three months or so. I went from getting an average for 2-3 hours of sleep at night to a period of doing nothing but sleeping. Hang in there- it'll pass. But the anxiety– it's a bear to live with. I admit throwing down ZZ-Quil, Benedryl, and even medical cannabis gummies just to try to sleep! My best advice is to not worry about it. Sleep when your body wants to and know it won't last forever.

Wed, May 15 6:36am · Second knee replacement 12 weeks after first-- will pain meds work? in Joint Replacements

Thank you everyone for your input. My surgeon chose dilaudid instead of oxycodone for pain relief for the second knee and it's actually a big improvement. I was able to successfully and fairly easily wean off the oxy in 2 weeks without horrible side effects at all. I am expecting to do the same with the dilaudid. With the latter, I was much more clear headed, did not get the oxy "rash" and "itch" issues, and pain management seemed more effective. I am very pleased with the change in medication as a way to improve effectiveness.

Fri, May 3 12:43pm · No energy and total knee replacement in Joint Replacements

It's normal, normal, normal!! When I hit 3-4 weeks post my TKR, I felt like i had narcolepsy. All I wanted to do was sleep. Your body's gone through major trauma and it needs rest so just go with it. Plus the opioids make you sleepy too. It may get worse before it gets better. Enjoy the naps, lay around in bed and just take advantage of it. You'll have plenty of time to get back to normal!

Fri, May 3 12:39pm · Second knee replacement 12 weeks after first-- will pain meds work? in Joint Replacements

So I'm having Knee #2 replaced next week. I'm still on a very low dose of oxycodone and will be up until surgery. My surgeon warned me today that the pain meds may not be as effective for me on this time and pain is something I'll have to worry about and manage. Does anyone have any experience with this or can give me some idea of what they went through. Clearly pain is the worst part of this operation– it was bad enough the first time. But now I have to go through it again and am told it will be worse. Help!