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WLB1
12-30-2013, 12:30 PM
We had a good Christmas. Hope everyone else did, too. I am six mos post op and still needing pain meds, though I have cut back to 7.5 milligrams a day. I am ok most of the time, have a working window of seven to eight hours a day when for the most part I am unaware that I had surgery. Christmas was busy. Had one son who flew in from Arizona then we drove 4 hours to visit two of his sisters, drove four hours back the next day. Did ok after the long ride. I had two nights after that I was wired and unable to sleep. Then yesterday afternoon, I collapsed. I had a four hour nap, then went to bed at 830 pm and slept til 9 this morning. I used to do the long sleeps in the first three months post op. Surgeon said they were my healing sleeps. So how long does this unusual need for sleep last? And is it normal?

Thanks for the input.

Wendy

tae_tap
12-30-2013, 12:44 PM
Wendy,
I wish I could sleep. I am getting 4 hours a day. I am almost 7 weeks post-op and am trying to go off my pain meds all the way. I am down to 1 5mg oxy and using ice to try and deal with the pain. Maybe I'm trying to go of too early.

Tamena

WLB1
12-30-2013, 08:48 PM
Wow, weaning too early would be my thought. Pain keeps you awake. If you are using ice, you have pain. I was told my body would let me know when to wean. And in as much as my almost 24 hours of sleep stopped my pain, I just decided to stop the oxy. I have cried like a baby today, but my pain level is zero pretty much. So I am going to tough it out.

Do you have any sleep medication you could take?

Praying for you, Tamena.

leahdragonfly
12-30-2013, 09:01 PM
Wendy,
I wish I could sleep. I am getting 4 hours a day. I am almost 7 weeks post-op and am trying to go off my pain meds all the way. I am down to 1 5mg oxy and using ice to try and deal with the pain. Maybe I'm trying to go of too early. Tamena

Hi Tamena,

It sounds like you are under medicated at this point…one 5 mg of oxy lasts about 3 hours at best, leaving you without any pain relief the other 21 hours. That may be part of why you're not sleeping, although many of us despaired during the early weeks with our inability to sleep. I know I had a lot of difficulty with this even though I was desperately tired.

Have you tried adding round the clock tylenol? It actually helped me a lot, and at 7 weeks post-op I was able to take tramadol several times a day along with tylenol round the clock. It is pretty early to be off anything at all. There is really no reason to rush off pain meds too early--just ask me, I did, because I tolerate narcotics so poorly (vomitting and nausea). I suffered a lot of unnecessary pain, and my husband even begged me to take more pain meds because I was in a lot of pain in the early weeks.

golfnut
12-31-2013, 08:10 AM
I was told that sleep allows your body to heal so I never felt guilty about taking an afternoon nap for a long time after my surgery. I would just listen to your body and rest as much as you feel you need to as long as you are walking as much as possible, too.

Confusedmom
01-06-2014, 12:11 AM
Wendy,
I slept more than usual at least the first year--maybe 18 months. I would get fatigued easily and need to lie down -- then I was out for a while. I think it's part of the extended healing process. Obviously, if you're still on pain meds, that makes you drowsy, as well. The good news is that you do eventually get your energy back. Though I do still love my naps when I can sneak them in! :-)

Evelyn