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For the actual knee surgery that can be done with an epidural and a nerve block at the knee, you can stay awake for that. When they do the nerve block the anethesiologist injects morphine into your spinal fluid to help with post-surgery pain. Knee surgery is one of the most painful surgeries, you'd have to take some kind of pain killer once the nerve block wore off, which would be 12 - 24 hours. You wouldn't have to take it very long though, a few days at most, just until your up and moving around, then you could go to high dose Ibuprofen. The ligament in your knee will not heal by itself, and it will cause damage to other parts of your knee. without the ligament on one side working to help keep your knee cap in place and on it's "track" it will slide to one side and grate against bone. This will cause your cartilidge to wear and tear as well as damage your knee cap and bones. This isn't something you can just not worry about and hope it gets better, unfortunately. If you don't fix it now, it will be a major problem later.

For the sleep issues, try not to take long naps during the day. Make yourself stay on a strict sleep schedule, go to bed at the same time each night, whether you think your tired or not. Cut all stimulation out of your bedroom, i.e. radio, TV, computer. Keep your room dark and cool/cold. There are also herbal supplements that are safe and non-habit forming you could try, Melatonin and Valerian Root, you can get them at any pharmacy or mega-store.

Hope the morning brings you more peace of mind.


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