Total Knee replacement - night pain

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Hi, I am 73 and had a total knee replacement 3 weeks ago. I can only sleep sat upright on the sofa as if I try to go to bed the pain is too extreme. Can anyone advise. Although I am doing the recommended exercises, my knee is still very stiff and painfu but the swelling is going down. I lived on my own and am feeling quite low at the moment as I thought I should be feeling some benefit by now. Is this the same with others?

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This sounds perfectly normal . You should start to feel a bit easier soon. What Iain relief are you having . Try ice packs they help a lot. Keep doing the exercises however much it hurts . I found naproxen gives me the best relief and codeine at night .pam 41/2 months

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Very early days for you and what you are experiencing is normal, I’m afraid!

Exercising is vital, but do try to ice and elevate the knee as much as possible. Plus, pain relief is so important to enable you to do those exercises.

I was advised to have two naps during the day to help both with rest and enabling the bruising to subside. Had some of my best snoozes during those rest periods!

i am sad to say it, but for most of us on this forum, it is quite some while before we felt much benefit from the op. Maybe 12 weeks was the turning point for me.

Keep coming back to us. We are a helpful and supportive bunch.

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Hi Forest- just what the others have said. Make sure you take your meds regularly as you get better pain relief then, ice and raise the leg. Do the exercises little and often but lots of rest as well. It is a difficult balance to get right. From about 4 weeks on I was able to massage the knee with oil which made some of the bending exercises much easier and was generally soothing so i recommend that as well – once the scar is comfortable. you also need to massage the scar to stop scar tissue building up. Hang on in there and good luck.

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Unfortunately this is phase of healing that very few escape. Pain meds on a regular schedule before bedtime. Massage,elevation with ice is the best but probably still won’t get it completely. Best I’ve ever been able to figure, the weight of the muscle sags down and upsets the nerves. Conditioning plus normal healing finally stops the pain somewhat. Change of baromoter causes swelling and changing weather with dampness and chilly weather can sent you into high levels of discomfort. I do better in severe cold than a 30-40° day with high humidity. As I have saidany times, my recliner is my best friend during this period. Right now in the Midwest of the US we are getting rain and damp with 40° temps.

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Gonna be a short night and very long day if the pain meds don’t kick in soon. We normally don’t get rain this time of the year but looks like next couple of days are going going to be kind of depressing. Next week we are scheduled to get a couple of days near 70. That should be enough to get the head cold and sinus season in full swing. Every walk-in clinic and pharmacy will be going at full speed. An old acquaintance of mine, a former professional basketball player died from complications of pneumonia this week and my grandson, a med asst in a walk in clinic, told me they are seeing more cases of pneumonia and flu this year already than all of last year put together. So hydrate everyone

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