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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!

Wed, Mar 27 7:29pm · Getting both knees done... in Joint Replacements

I totally understand! I found a big improvement about week 6- hope you do too. The fatigue part has passed for me too so it’s going to get better for you!

I booked a very cool vacation for myself as an incentive to get through this. Having just retired, I want to travel a lot and the knees were a limiting factor. I am doing very well in PT so I think I can make it all work! I have given myself the option to cancel the trip, of course, but it’s a real “carrot” at the end of this ordeal!

Wed, Mar 27 7:22pm · Getting both knees done... in Joint Replacements

Thank you for your inspirational story! Your numbers are amazing and your courage to do both at once is admirable. I was in great shape nearly all of my adult like and am making great progress in PT. I am optimistic about my recovery and I hope realistic about my recuperation. Thank you for sharing your story with me/is.

Wed, Mar 27 10:49am · Getting both knees done... in Joint Replacements

My gait wasn’t bad but walking in stores is hard- those floors! I walk as much as I can without the cane. I try to remember heel-toe-heel-toe when I walk. Just walk like nothing happened- or mentally picture that if you can. Try not to “favor” it. That’s my best advice. It will come back with time. Don’t think about it if you can. Good luck!!!