Author Topic: New hip is terrific - why can't I sleep?????  (Read 2111 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.


  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 36
New hip is terrific - why can't I sleep?????
« on: June 11, 2008, 07:21:04 AM »
Hi all,
I had LBHR 6 weeks ago.  The new hip is doing great and improving every day.  Just wondering why I can't sleep at this point.  I can comfortably change positions in bed now.  I am also active during the day with PT and walking.  My PT suggested that I ask the Dr. for sleeping pills, but the Dr. said no (he doesn't do that). I often find myself taking pain meds at night just to get a few hours sleep even though I am not in much pain (just muscle stiffness and soreness). Any ideas?  Should I need any meds at this point?
Thanks all!


  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 18
Re: New hip is terrific - why can't I sleep?????
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2008, 10:25:12 AM »
I am now 20 days out from surgery.
There has been continuous strong improvment.
Hip pain is gone.  Muscle soreness and stiffness is decreasing.
But, I have great difficulty sleeping.
Anxiety ?
Not enough physical activity ?
I too am taking pain medication just to sleep.
Even that does not work some nights.

Pat Walter

  • Patricia Walter
  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3686
  • Owner/Webmaster of Surface Hippy
    • Surface Hippy
Re: New hip is terrific - why can't I sleep?????
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2008, 01:27:39 PM »

Sleeping is often a problem.  I spent a lot of time in my lounge chair in the middle of the night.  Don't know why, but I could sleep better there.  The heprin shots I took really bothered med.  I slept better when  I stopped them 14 days later.

I don't see why a doctor won't give you a few sleeping meds temporarily.  THere are some over the counter meds.  The sleep meds are normally the same medicine as Benedryl.  Can't hurt to try that.  My pain doctor gave me some Sonoma - it has a half life shorter than regular sleep meds.  You can take it later in the night and not be hung over the next morning. That is my problem with sleep meds.

I think sleep is important and using something temporarily should not be a problem. There are the newer non addiictive meds - supposedly.  Most doctors will just give you some samples to try.  I would think it getter to take some of the newer sleeping pills than your pain meds.  The pain meds can become addictive. 

Trying to get a nights sleep is a problem most people have.  It just takes a long time for the physical body to heal and for our minds to settle down after major surgery.

Webmaster/Owner of Surface Hippy
3/15/06 LBHR De Smet


  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 112
Re: New hip is terrific - why can't I sleep?????
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2008, 01:38:05 PM »
Do you have pain at night when you lay down?
Dr. Thomas Gross
Left 6/23/08  Right 6/25/08


  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 36
Re: New hip is terrific - why can't I sleep?????
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2008, 03:08:18 PM »
No real pain when I lay down other than a little soreness in the muscles. Thanks for the suggestions.  I've tried Benadryl but it seems to have to opposite affect on me and makes me WIDE awake. My recliner is very comfortable to sit in but I can't manage to sleep there either.  Any other thoughts on the subject are welcome!


  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 3
Re: New hip is terrific - why can't I sleep?????
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2008, 04:59:32 PM »
It must be fairly normal with this procedure. I can usually sleep in two hour segments. In between each I get up, stretch, walk, and many times read. Reading and drinking a cup of hot tea (bed time by Yogi Tea) will usually result in 2 hours of good sleep. I think you will just have to try different things and see what works for you.

Good Luck!



  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 108
Re: New hip is terrific - why can't I sleep?????
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2008, 06:50:29 PM »
My peronsal theory is that you've been sleeping good since your surgery because of the pain meds. and not dealing with the old pain.  Now that you're past the initial surgery pain and not needing the pain meds. like you did, your body is kind of going through withdrawl of the meds.  If you're still taking naps during the day like I did before I went back to work, you're probably just not as sleepy at night because of them.  Maybe back off of the daytime naps if your taking them.  Also, the allergy tabs (over-the-counter antihistimines like Benadryl or store brand) like mentioned above could help.  You could also take a look on-line for some home remedies for insomnia.  Right now I'm having the opposite problem, I am so tired and sleepy, I can't get enough sleep!  Good luck!


Mission Statement
Surface Hippy presents information about hip resurfacing. It does not provide medical advice.
It is designed to support, not to replace, the relationship between patient and clinician.
Advertising - Revenue from this site is derived from commercial advertising and individual donations. Any advertisement is distinguished by the word "advertisement"
Privacy - Surface Hippy does not share email addresses or personal information with any group or organization.
Content - Surface Hippy is not controlled or influenced by any medical companies, doctors or hospitals.
All content is controlled by Patricia Walter - Joint Health Sites LLC 2005 - 2018 Web design by Patricia Walter.

Hip TalkModeration


The Hip Talk Discussion Group or forum is moderated on a Daily basis by Patricia Walter.

The moderator and forum members are not regarded as health professionals.


The information provided on this forum is designed to support, not replace, the direct relationship between patients and health professionals.


We remind you that this forum is public and any message can be read, used, reproduced and cited by all.
You do have the option to delete your messages. However, under exceptional circumstances, you can contact the moderator to do so. Thus, please take care regarding the information that you post.


The moderator and members should conduct themselves at all times with respect and honesty.

By using our forums, you agree to post information that is true and correct to the best of your knowledge and is of your personal experience. If the information you post is not personal experience, we request you to provide sources (references, links, etc..) whenever it is relevant and possible.

You are not allowed to post advertisements, whether in the form of text links or banners, for example.

Please keep your comments positive and polite. If you have a disagreement with another forum member, moderator or the site owner; please use the the private message feature of this forum or email the member. We try to avoid emotional conflicts on the discussion group and we will do so by removing posts and banning those that cause problems.

The moderator reserves the right to delete any messages deemed inappropriate without notifying the author. In cases of abuse, the moderator reserve the right to ban a member of the forum. In both instances, an explanation will be provided if user requests.

Recent Posts

Donate Thru Pay Pal

Surface Hippy Gear


Powered by EzPortal