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Is this much pain normal??? Is this much pain normal???

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Unread 02-24-2005, 02:46 PM
Is this much pain normal???

Hi sisters!

I have posted before about still being in pain. A little over a week ago I picked up my 5 year old daughter after she fell (had to do it) and felt like something pulled inside. I have been in alot of pain since then. I called my doc the day it happend and her nurse told me "Oh, it's normal to still be sore". Just take the Lortab and Ibubrofen and you should be fine. Well, I have been doing that. I had to call today for a refill of my pain meds. It was refused and said that I had to call the doc. So I did just that. I told the nurse I was still having a lot of pain inside and needed to know what to do and how to deal with it and what the doc suggests. The nurse just said "Are we ever going to get you straightend out, I am sorry you are still having problems". But she siad I'll have someone call you. Well, it's almost 4 pm and now call back yet!!!! I am so **** frustrated!!! I hurt and I should not hurt 5 wks post op!!!! I cannot get any relief. I am frustrated with the doctor!!! I had a TAH/BSO on 01/19/05. Has anyone else had problems like this??? What did you do???

Hugs to all!!!!
Renee'
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Unread 02-24-2005, 03:14 PM
Is this much pain normal???

Dont let that nurse or anyone make you think you should not have pain after 5 weeks. I have not gotten to 5 weeks yet, but feel abnormal in comparison to some sisters i read that feel great at 3-4 weeks. Me? I went to walmart today and it totally wiped me out walking the whole super center. I have been walking for a week and a half outside for up to 25 minutes! I think i must be a wimp, i took the pain pill and laid down. We are all different! If you picked up your daughter? well thats a strain and you know, my Dr. told me not to lift anything heavy for the entire 6 weeks.
They will call you back from the office and you know, if they do not, call again. There is no one person that can tell you how you should feel. Only you know!
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Unread 02-24-2005, 03:32 PM
Is this much pain normal???

I was still taking pain meds past 8 weeks post-op. Some days I didn't need them, other days I did.

As you know, you probably shouldn't have picked up dd -- but you had no choice and besides, that's over now -- it is done. So now you need to get yourself taken care of.

If they don't call you before the clinic closes, and if you're still in pain tonight (and especially if it gets any worse), I would go to urgent care or the ER. If you injured yourself, you'll need attention. At any rate, it sounds like you need some help managing your pain.

We're here for you! Hope you get relief soon.
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Unread 02-24-2005, 03:51 PM
I agree

I agree that you need to keep calling until you get an answer. But also remember you have had major surgery.

Your pain could be your body telling you to slow down, rest with your feet up more, use a heating pad or ice pack, and take it easy.

Are you trying to do things and you want to be pain free while doing them? If so, you need to stop trying to do more than your body wants you to.

Try taking more rests, and putting your feet up more times during the day and see if that helps too.

But I agree that you still need to check with your doc.
My plastic surgeon didn't want to give me pain meds past two weeks either. He told me to alternate tylenol with the ibuprofen and gave me the doses for each. So I went to the gyn and did get some more pain meds from him for another 10 days. But I had to do some talking!

Good luck, and remember to take it easy!
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Unread 02-24-2005, 03:54 PM
Okay!! Just recieved call from Doc.

Hi sisters!!!

I just recieved a call back from my doc. She is going to call in some meds for me and told me take it easy but that she was concerned I was becoming addicted to the pain meds. How can that be?? I am in pain and do not need them most days but on the days that I do I take them. I feel horrible right now. How can she say such a thing?? Am I just supposed to sit in agony and not do anything or what??? I thought she was supposed to help me!!! I am sorry, I am venting. I just feel terrible and do not feel like I am getting any help. I am not addicted. My gosh, I had a major surgery and still trying to recover. Oh, well we will see how it goes.

Thanks,
Renee'
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Unread 02-24-2005, 04:10 PM
Is this much pain normal???

First, don't worry about it. (I know that's easier said than done.)

There's so much abuse of pain meds and other prescriptions for mind-altering drugs (like sleeping pills and anti-anxiety meds) that doctors just have to be really cautious. I know that doesn't help you right now.

Different docs also have completely different philosophies on pain management. My surgeon looked at me like I was Rush Limbaugh when I asked if I should call her for a refill on the 30 vicodin they sent me home with, so I didn't even bother asking her. My plastic surgeon told me to switch over completely to ibuprofen at one week post op, even though I had a hip-to-hip incision which was still almost completely open. I thought I was out of luck. However, two days later I went to my GP (because one of my surgical drains had failed and she was removing it) at our local clinic. She took one look at how I could hardly walk and said, "You're in pain! Why aren't you taking anything?" And she wrote me a prescription on the spot.

This doesn't mean that docs who don't prescribe narcotic pain relievers are bad -- it just means they are very careful in that regard. But you'll just have to keep insisting on proper pain relief, and as you know, you'll need to keep taking it easy! Good luck to you.
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Unread 02-24-2005, 04:43 PM
Is this much pain normal???

Renee,

Please try not to take it personally. This has absolutely nothing to do with you. Docs just *really* don't want to deal with potential addiction and they almost always say that to *everybody* who asks for a refill.

I can understand that, but I wish they would deal with our requests differently. So many of us end up feeling ashamed and/or offended when we are talked to like this. It would be nice if they were more concerned about your pain instead of grouping you with that very small portion of women that get addicted to pain meds. That laziness on their part that makes us feel terrible.

I'm glad you got your meds, finally. And I hope you feel better soon. I have young children, too, and there are some things we just *have* to do for them which probably do not help us heal any faster.

If this happens again, maybe you should make an appt to see the doc and tell her that *you* are concerned that you are still in pain. Ask her what it might be and stress that you don't enjoy being on pain meds. Put it on *her* to figure it out.

Good luck. Sorry you have to feel upset when you're already not feeling well.



Margot
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Unread 02-24-2005, 08:13 PM
Is this much pain normal???

I totally understand how you feel. My doc didn't want to prescribe more pain meds for me either although I finally convinced him too. My plan was that if he wouldn't I would just go to my family doctor. My pharmacist also said that 3 motrin=1 darvocet. This is not recommended for those with a sensitive stomach. This will help if you need to stretch your pain meds. It's sorry to say that women have to do this but a lot of dr's are insensitive. You can also wean yourself easier by cutting down on the Motrin. It's more gradual that way. I hope this helps you and everyone else in this situation. It helped me and I am med free now!
Tracy
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