I am 6 months post bi-lateral TKR. In general I am doing well with a few lingering issues. Worst is sleep. I awake every night with an aching that completely disrupts my sleep. I finally resorted to Ambien but it is no longer getting me through the night. I can't sleep on my side because the weight of my legs caused a throbbing ache after about 5-10 minutes, even with a pillow in between them.
Also concerning is that I was exercising every day and just excepting the night time soreness and lack of sleep. At 4 months my Dr. told me to back off the exercise, every other day, well, I can bike, row, use the machines, swim for 45 minutes and feel fine throughout but still pay for it at night. I know everyone is different and I have friends who have not had this difficulty.
Any suggestions / thoughts / comments ??
2 Years - Yikes!
Thanks for the insight. Did you used to exercise / swim daily at the 6 month point? How about now, do you feel you need to rest a day in between? I sued to go every day starting around the 2.5 month time-frame, of course I was still taking some pain med and now realized that played a role. I also notice the weather plays a role in how sore I wake up.
Any addition insight into exercise routines, or other observations are again, really appreciated.
I had tkr in May 2012, and I have the same issues. I am side sleeper too, and even with pillow between my legs, I seem to bend my knee and then it hurts or just the knees touching causes my knee to hurt. I haven't found a solution, so I would like to hear one too. I am already on Ambien CR, which helps, but I would love a solution to the nighttime knee pain. Glad to hear someone else has the same issues. I have backed off exercising and need to get back to doing that, too.