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Oversleeping After A TKR

You read the title correctly. There will come a time when sleeping through the night is possible after a tkr. Seems impossible at times, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. After so many LONG months without getting sound sleep, I thought it was important to share some updating news. There are previous posts about sleeping difficulties following my tkr. Take a look….

It took me about 8 months after my tkr before I could sleep more than 2-4 hours at a time. I couldn’t sleep comfortably. No position was good for me. All caused pain….

Now…27 months after my tkr, I can sleep without pain. It is exhilarating. In fact, it’s so thrilling, that I oversleep. I will wake up, stretch, HAVE NO PAIN and smile. With a smile of contentment upon my face, I fall back asleep.

Sometimes my nerve damage will remind me that it is there. I don’t care. The intensity level is nothing like it used to be.

So…if you are going through the post-tkr phase of sleeplessness (and, if you haven’t been there yet….I assure you…you will be), try to remember that it is short term. Short term may last almost a year, but it does end. Then, the pleasure and capability of sleep, good ole sleep, will return.

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  1. I too do the sleeping thing but I sleep about 4 hours at night. I take a couple of 2 to 3 hour naps of the daytime, but now that its getting warm I will hopefully be in my pool soon. I love my swimming pool because the water allows me to bend and stretch my legs where as out of the water I can’t do it. Yes its a long journey and I’ve been on mine since feb. 2nd 1009. Yes it does get frustrating and depressing because really, I feel like a less person than I was before. The hard thing for me right now is that I’m looking at replacement on my other knee. I’m holdingout as long as I can before getting it done because I remember the pain and difficulty of even sitting my foot on the floor. As a matter of fact I’m still in really bad pain with me replacement knee but its getting better. The only problems, ;note I said problems’ I have now are, I can’t climb, can’t do stairs very well, never will run again and I can’t let my grandbabies sit on my lap anymore. Thy tell me they miss me chasing them and tossing them in the swimming pool too so hang in there everyone, were all in the same boat which really is encouraging in a way, to know were not the only ones thats going through long term healing of our knees.

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