On October 4th I had a left total knee replacement. I was in hospital for four days during this time the first two days were free of RLS and I got the best nights sleep I had had for years. During the third night my RLS returned and I had to plead with the staff to give me Pramipexole. I normally take 2 off 0.25mg Pramipexole and 1 off Co-codamol 30/500 tablets to try and control my RLS.
On my release from Hospital I was given Ibuprofen and Paracetamol to control the pain from the operation. My pain was manageable but my RLS has become significantly worse and for longer periods. It can be in my left or right leg and my arms. Any time I sit down to relax it starts. I no longer try to sleep in bed and take up residence on the lounge floor with the electric fire on. This gives me plenty of unrestrained ( no bed clothes ) area to flail around.
The only way that I can get some relief is to walk around the room with my arm crutches feeling absolutely wretched and desperate for sleep.
I am 74 years old and have suffered from RLS for many years but not to this degree. My knee operation seems to have exacerbated the situation and I have to ask myself is this what the rest of my life will be like.
It is not my intention to alarm any RLS sufferers due for knee replacement but just my own personal experience up to 26th October. I have an appointments with my GP Thursday to see if there is any further help he can offer.
PS. My knee replacement is progressing well and I am managing to walk a little further each day with the aid of arm crutches.