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Unread 03-16-2007, 05:48 PM
I'm afraid

I'm not scheduled yet, but will be for a TAH in April. I am currently on pain management for very bad knees. I take morphine and wear a fentanyl patch daily. What is scaring me is the pain that seems to come with a TAH. My meds do NOT take care regular pain stuff, like a headache or toothache, or any other ache but my legs. And sometimes not even that. My doc said I will probably take my own meds in the hospital. Now I'm afraid they won't work for the pain, and that they won't give my anything since my drugs are strong narcotics. Advice anyone for a chronic painer?

Thanks so much for your time,
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Unread 03-16-2007, 07:08 PM
I'm afraid

I am a chronic painer.

Here is the honest truth.....even with the demerol IV I had, the pain is intense when you first have to get out of bed. Plus for the next couple days moving around. I did not have morphine because I get sick from it.

Sister, no matter what it will be uncomfortable/painful for the first few days. You have to work through it though. Trust me, I have had 8 abdominal surgeries...not fun.

Good luck.
Unread 03-17-2007, 09:33 AM
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I was also very scared of the pain. I had morphine by pump for the first 24 hours. After that, percocet every 4 hours and tylenol as well. The first day is the pits, but I have to say that by the time I went home three days after the surgery I took nothing stronger than advil every four hours. I am not kidding, and I am no martyr, believe me. It's very important to get up and start walking as soon as you can, even if just from the bed to the bathroom. I was pleasantly surprised by the whole experience. I had a great recovery, took it very easy for the first four weeks. I was given complete clearance for all activities after four weeks. After all my fears, it went rather well. By the way, I am 56, so it's not like I am a young girl with plenty of energy!! But I am in relatively good health and very glad I did it. I had a total hyst with a vertical incision for a very large uterus. All the best of luck to you. The waiting is the absolute hardest part of this procedure.

Love, Ruthie
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Unread 03-19-2007, 11:34 AM

Thank you all for replying. Sometimes I think I'm the only chronic painer out there. Since I take morphine on a regular basis, I'll talk to the doc about possibly a demoral shot or something if my pain is not under control. I'll even take the leg pain and stop my meds if I have to. I'm not a total whimp, so I know I'll be walking as soon as they let me. I just know my meds won't cover this after surgery pain. That's what really scared me. Thanks again everyone.

Unread 03-19-2007, 12:12 PM
I'm afraid

I had a spinal- and I'd recommend it to anyone that can do it. I didn't have any pain to speak of, nor did I take anything but Toradol (and then only two doses in 48 hours)for the first 48 hours. After that, I went straight to Ibuprofen. It was awesome. After the spinal wore off- about 20 hours after surgery- yeah, I hurt- but it was not bad.

If you can do it....give it some thought.

Unread 03-19-2007, 12:17 PM
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Actually, what a great idea. I had an epidural with my c-section. That really might be the best way to go since I wouldn't need any meds for a while. I wonder if I'l be able to see the anesthesiolgist (sp) at my pre-op and suggest this. I've had 15 surgeries and have NEVER seen this person except for about 20 min before surgery. I'll definitely talk to my doc about it. He's taking everything (including ovaries) and I can't imagine not having pain after that! Thanks!!
Unread 03-19-2007, 12:49 PM
I'm afraid

I hate that you don't get to see the anest until right before surgery. It is, in my opinion, the most important person in the operating room. Make sure to give a detailed account of the pain meds you have been on. They didn't give me enough and when I woke up in recovery I FELT EVERYTHING It took two hours and 2X the recommended dose of dilaudid to control my pain. Also, in the event that your pain isn't being managed well don't be afraid to speak up. They are there to make sure you are being taken care of. The nurses can always page the dr. or anesthesiologist to see if they can up/change your pain meds. Take care and hang in there.

Oh, BTW I had an isolated incident in that the anesthesiologist was such a moron all he put in my IV for pain meds was Toradol (motrin). So, I am not the norm. In fact this was my third ab surgery this year and the first two times they did a great job with the meds.
Unread 03-19-2007, 12:56 PM
I'm afraid

Thanks for the advice. I, too think we should get to see the anths. long before surgery.
Unread 03-19-2007, 03:17 PM
I'm afraid

I was very upset finding out that I couldn't speak to that anethesiologist until the day of the surgery. So, I told my doc that I wanted to speak to someone before. She arranged for me to speak to one of the team, who noted in my chart everything we discussed. This way, at least the guy who was finally assigned to my surgical team knew a bit about me prior to walking in the room. It helped. Being persistant about your care sometimes pays off. So....maybe worth a shot?

Unread 03-19-2007, 03:19 PM
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I'll try that. Can't hurt to ask!

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