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Three/four weeks and still pain meds? Three/four weeks and still pain meds?

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Unread 01-11-2007, 01:58 PM
Three/four weeks and still pain meds?

Just curious if folks at three/four weeks are still relying on pain meds????

I try not to use the Lortab pain meds during the day (trying Advil), but then I am hurting pretty bad by late afternoon and need the Lortab in the evening and during the night.
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Unread 01-11-2007, 02:27 PM
Three/four weeks and still pain meds?


I am 4 wks post Op on the 15th of January, I am still on med's to control the pain from pulled internal stitches that happened 5 days after surgery. Other then the pain from the stitches I wouldn't have to take any pain med's. I stopped all med's three days after having a TAH until I pulled the stitches.

Unread 01-11-2007, 02:45 PM
Three/four weeks and still pain meds?

Yesterday was my first day without pain pills.
I haven't needed any today either. I think everyone's surgery was a little different and everyone's pain level is also different. You may want to ask your doctor if you haven't had any checkups to see if perhaps he needs to see you and check your healing progress and reassure you that yes some women need to take their pain meds longer..
Sending healing thoughts your way!

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Unread 01-11-2007, 03:09 PM
Still taking pain meds

I had my TAH on December 4th. I am still on pain meds not as strong but still very much needed. Previously, in Aug this year, I had my tubes tied, a endometrial ablation, removal of endometriosis which turned out to be my main problem and some other minor issues. My doctor said because my body did not have time to heal from the surgery in Aug and the amount of endometrisois was still rampant in Dec when I had my TAH. So you have some reason you require the pain meds. Don't get discouraged I think your body knows sometimes more than we do...
Unread 01-11-2007, 03:10 PM
Three/four weeks and still pain meds?

Hi Louise
I was still using pain meds occassionally at this point in my recovery, but not all the time. My dr was even kind enough to refill them for me at 5 wks. I rarely used them but it was nice to have them for the occassional times when I did.
I'm wondering what all you are trying to do? If you're needing pain meds consistently everyday in the afternoon it sounds as if you might be trying to do too much. If this is the case you need to learn to pace yourself better and stop yourself before you are hurting.
I also wonder if you have tried any of the over the counter meds to see if they will control your pain? I think many women need to use some kind of pain relief for several weeks.
If you can't see where you are doing too much you might want to ask your dr about your pain. Some discomfort isn't unusual but if it doesn't seem to be improving I would ask about it.
I hope it continues to get better for you.
's, Rita
Unread 01-11-2007, 03:13 PM
Three/four weeks and still pain meds?

I had a vertical incision and my surgery took over three hours. My doc warned my husband and me it would be a long, painful recovery because of the vertical cut and because of the extent of the work he had to do in there.

I still have internal pain and pain with my incision. The incision is healing well, but feels as though nerve endings are exposed. It gets very sore from my clothes brushing against it all day long. Internally, I have pain to the left and right of my pubic bone and up by my belly button. I don't do well with painkillers, so I went to only a half of a percocet as soon as I came home from the hospital. I still have quite a few left. I don't have to take them everyday, but some days things are really sore in there and I can't sleep, so I take a half of a perc and two regular strength Motrin and that does the trick.

I don't think there is anything wrong with still taking pain meds at this point if you need them. I've read posts by women who are eight to ten weeks out who are still taking pain meds because they need them, so we are still in the early stages yet.

I hope that if you still need pain management, you won't let anyone make you feel as though you should be off of them by now. You won't heal well if you are fighting against pain all the time. Your body needs to relax in order to heal.

I try not to compare my progress with anyone else's on here or to feel bad when others post that they are off pain meds already and getting back to their normal lives. I'm happy for them, but they aren't me. I'm a very strong woman who has a high tolerance for pain, but I'm not going to lie awake at night tossing and turning just to prove a point. If I need the meds, I take them and I hope you'll do the same.

Unread 01-11-2007, 03:42 PM
Three/four weeks and still pain meds?

I think I may be doing to much during the day. I'm going to scale things back a bit...

I checked in with the dr today and she refilled my meds and assured me that she 'did a lot of work in there' (in addition to hysterectomy, she had to clean up scar tissue from previous surgeries)... She isn't concerned that I'm still needing the meds. So, I guess I shouldn't be.
Unread 01-11-2007, 03:55 PM
Three/four weeks and still pain meds?

I quick call to the doctors office relieves so many worries. I'm glad you made the call..
I hope tomorrow is a better day for you!
Unread 01-11-2007, 03:59 PM
Three/four weeks and still pain meds?

I had a vertical incision on my surgery on Dec 18th. It was a 4+ hour surgery with a bunch of adhesions, etc. I'm not doing all that much - so definately not overdoing it. I take 3 motrin every 6 hours - and still take an occasional vicodin. I have a strong pain on my left side that the doctor has checked - and it's just a place that is healing slower. Everyone heals differently, and I personally have had 4 surgeries - and each surgery has been a different experience. Take your time healing (as everyone on here says - "you only heal once"), and don't worry if you're still taking pain meds!
Unread 01-11-2007, 04:44 PM
Three/four weeks and still pain meds?

A word of caution... I was taking the narcotic meds through week 3. My pain level was fine, and I decided to stop taking them when my script ran out. The problem was, I was taking 30+ mg per day then quit cold turkey. I felt like I had the flu the next day. I went to the doctor and it turns out that my body was in opiate withdrawal. I ended up going back on them to taper them down... 10 mg for 3 days, then 5 mg for 4 days. Right away my flu-like symptoms disappeared. I haven't taken any for three days and I haven't had any withdrawal symptoms this time around.

So, if you are taking a higher dose (more than 10-15 mg per day), it might be a good idea to taper it down before stopping altogether.

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