Originally Posted by pauline miller
Had new knee 18days ago. Not able to sleep even with painkillers because of nagging pain in foot & ankle. Getting so tired. Is this common? Also can hardly bend knee even though I am quite good at straightening. Was fit & active before op. walked 6 miles day before & played 18 holes golf a few days before that(with a painkiller & knee strapped). Made sure that I did muscles strengthening excercises for 3 weeks before op. Now wish that I had not had it done & feel tearful a lot of the time.
Pauline - As JerseyBoy said, what you are going through sounds pretty normal. It is still very early in your recovery. My ankle and leg were black and blue for weeks. But, you should feel free to call your Doc's office and ask, they may want to check it out.
Sleeping is difficult the first couple of months. Nap when you can, nights are tough. I could not get comfortable or stay in one position long. I watched all kinds of TV during the night (the Olympics were on so I saw a lot of that) Try icing your ankle too. The painkillers can make you tired, weepy and out of sorts.
Work on both your extension and flex with your exercises the PT or hospital should have given you. Both are so important. There were times that the exercises brought me to tears. But it does get better, I was on painkillers for 3 months, and now just tylenol occasionally. I am doing normal things now that I haven't been able to do for years.
Good luck - Grumpy