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Unread 10-16-2005, 03:57 PM
Question about pain medication

I started taking my vicodan prescription after I got home from the hospital on Thursday morning. I only have ten left. My first pre-op appt is not until Wednesday. I am going to run out.

Can I call my Dr. on Monday and ask for more without them thinking I am a baby? I really still need them. I am only taking one at a time now except for before bed.
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Unread 10-16-2005, 04:20 PM
Question about pain medication

I think we all go through the same thing! I was so worried about using up all my pain med-- I treated them like gold because I was afraid the doctor would think I was a drug addict if I asked for more-- how silly I was! She refilled it without a problem-- twice!!! And even weeks later when my lower back still hurt, my regular physician gave me another prescription. I still used them sparingly, even breaking them in half (I didn't want to get "addicted"!!) so please don't fret--just ask your doctor, he/she probably expects you to need more. Take care! zanylynn
Oh one more thing, remember everyone's pain tolerance is different so don't feel like a baby at all!!! You've just been through major surgery and any one who doesn't understand, probably has not been through it!!!
Unread 10-16-2005, 04:22 PM
Question about pain medication

oh thank you, this has been really bothering me!
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Unread 10-16-2005, 04:44 PM
Question about pain medication

I never did take the prescribed medication when I came home from the hospital, but took Aleve with the Dr.'s approval. I was taking it 3 times a day and tried weaning myself off it for the last couple of days with just 1 at night. I don't think it was a good idea, because I have been feeling that I progressed backwards.... Any thoughts on taking Aleve/Naproxen too long?
Unread 10-16-2005, 04:54 PM
Question about pain medication

Please note that this is just my opinion and I am NOT a doctor, but I wanted to add my two cents -- I really feel that if we take the medication as it is prescribed to us, and when we are in pain, it is unlikely we will become addicted. It's when we start to use it for mental or emotional pain, or just out of habit whether we need it or not, that we start to have problems. If you are concerned, definitely check with your doctor. I was told by mine that pain management was important to my recovery.
Unread 10-16-2005, 05:05 PM
Question about pain medication


How on earth did you not take pain meds when you came home? There is no way I could have done that. I am 5 days out and still want pain meds.
Unread 10-16-2005, 06:19 PM
Question about pain medication

i didnt get any painkillers to bring home, maybe its different over here, were on NHS and not private health care, i just take paracetamol.
Unread 10-16-2005, 07:29 PM
Question about pain medication

I stopped my pain meds (Darvocet) about 1.5 weeks after surgery, since I was truly feeling good. BUT, my doc gave me a prescription of ibuprofen (600 mg), that he requires me to take 4 times a day (and finish the bottle). I was told it was to help control inflammation. I'll be 2 weeks post-op tomorrow, but I still feel like the ibuprofen has really helped control the pain. I'll run out of it in another day or two, but I certainly feel like it'll be okay to take the OTC version, if needed. As another poster mentioned, everyone has a different pain tolerance, and I don't think there is any shame in asking for a refill (or two). I've also read that if we are experiencing too much pain, the body cannot use it's resources to mend itself, as it's too busy trying to accomodate the pain. Hope that makes sense.

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Unread 10-17-2005, 10:08 AM
Question about pain medication

I felt my pain immediately following surgery was so intense that I hit the PCA button like crazy. As a result, I was so nauseous that I was delayed in recovery and discharged one day later from the hospital. I chose not to take the Darvocet at home because I dreaded the possible side effects of nausea (again!) and depression. My doc approved me taking Aleve (Naproxen) if it works for me. I was taking it 3x day and am weaning it down to 2-1. Aleve generally worked really well for my menstrual cramps which were far more painful than my post-op pain. I think that is why the Aleve is doing the pain trick for me!

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