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Unread 10-11-2021, 12:25 PM
Pain Meds Choices and dosage times

Two week countdown and I've been trying to read up on the narcotics choices my surgeon listed in her pro-op booklet. I would love to hear specifically any feedback on Dilaudin (hydromorphone) vs the Percocet/(ocycodone-Tylenol) vs Lortab/(hydrocodone/tylenol) plus I will have ibuprofen 800 on board.

Of course noone can recommend meds just wanted to review experiences for success staying ahead of pain or responding to pain as needed.

Much love!:friend
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Unread 10-11-2021, 02:39 PM
Re: Pain Meds Choices and dosage times

I never actually used the Percoset that my doctor prescribed. By the time I got home all I needed was the IB 800. I did stay on that for several and boy you could feel when it began to wear off.
Unread 10-12-2021, 05:01 AM
Pain Meds Choices and dosage times

I have chronic stomach issues, and if I'd known ahead of time that narcotics were to be a part of my pain management plan, I would not have found out the hard way - by throwing up on day 3 - that they were contraindicated for my particular condition. I ended up alternating naproxen - an NSAID like ibuprofen - with acetaminophen (Tylenol), taking both on a schedule, and I found that to be sufficient for me. Everyone's pain experience is different, and from reading of the experiences of other sisters, I've learned that it's more effective to take a proactive approach to the pain, rather than a reactive approach. Best wishes for a successful surgery and a successful, pain-free recovery!
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Unread 10-12-2021, 09:02 PM
Re: Pain Meds Choices and dosage times

Hi sfpatte1017 to HysterSisters -

As the other sisters have said, everyone's experience is different and it really depends on you as an individual. It will also depend on your pain level, which you really will not know what it is until you are there.

Speak to your doctor about concerns you have regarding narcotics and the various types. Here are articles on pain that may provide information:

Communicating Pain after Hysterectomy
Pain Medications after Hysterectomy
Pain Management after Hysterectomy
Pain Management After Hysterectomy Without Narcotics
How Long Will the Pain Last after Hysterectomy?

Hope these help.

Unread 10-15-2021, 01:30 AM
Re: Pain Meds Choices and dosage times

Of course they will have given you meds at the hospital so once home, hard to know. Personally, I was shocked I felt no pain, but I took what they suggested in case what they gave me would wear off. Basically, I trusted the advice of my nurse who was great as she had had the surgery too and shared her expereinces.

My doctor gave me a form of oxy and I was to take it and then Tylenol & Advil every 4 hours in between. I can't recall at this moment how many hours apart for the oxy. I wrote it all down--necessary with fog brain.

I missed a dose day 3 early morning and woke up with horrible feeling. When I say the pain is weird, for me it was like labor of childbirth or bad menstrual cramps and severe bloating. I learned here it is the prostaglandins releasing hormones due to my inflammed surgical area. It was also due to my digestive system being tinkered with (moved around during surgery). Apparently, other organs go into shock. They need tender care and the anti-inflammatories help with that.

I also used a heating pad when it was at its worse, usually night time for sleeping. At about the 10 day mark I had only been taking them morning and night and then weaned off with only Tylenol & Advil as needed.

I had a few pills left over (which I know they don't want left around the house), but at week 7 I overdid physical stuff and those labor cramps were back with my swollen belly, so I was glad I had an extra pain pill to settle it. The setback cost me another week of laying low.

Take care. Write your doses down. Don't worry.

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