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Should I ask for more pain meds? Should I ask for more pain meds?

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Unread 12-21-2007, 09:45 PM
Should I ask for more pain meds?

My TAH BSO was last Friday (a week ago today) and was released from the hospital on Sunday with a prescription for 20 Darvocet to be taken 1-2 every 6 hours for pain along with ibprofen sp? once 3X a day.

I only take the Darvocet when I really am uncomfortable. My recovery has been very good so far, but I worry that I'm only a week into my recovery and I just took the last Darvocet. Should I ask for more? Will my doctor think badly of me?
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Unread 12-21-2007, 10:14 PM
Should I ask for more pain meds?

It doesn't matter what your doctor thinks; it matters what you think. I was on Darvocet too. When it ran out I didn't ask for more but believe me, I wanted to. I chose not to because I wanted to get used to coping with the pain on my own or with OTC meds, but each woman has to make her own decision about the amount of pain medication she needs. Talk to your doctor if you think you may need more. Until then you can try the Ibuprofen. It does help.
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Unread 12-22-2007, 02:33 AM
Should I ask for more pain meds?

I was sent home after LSH with 60 Vicodin. 13 days post-op I ran out and needed them so I called for a refill and they gave me 28 more. From everything I've read on here it seems pretty normal to be on pain meds 1-3 weeks after surgery. You will heal slower if you are spending all your energy on managing the pain. Be kind to yourself.
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Unread 12-22-2007, 03:06 AM
Should I ask for more pain meds?

I don't believe asking for more meds would make your doctor think badly of you. I have a seriously high tolerance for pain meds. They spent hours trying to find something in pill form that would work. Vicodin's did NOTHING. Finally we found tylox which is like oxycontin, they seemed to work well enough to at least manage the pain. When I was discharged my doctor wrote the prescription to contain a refill, knowing that one prescription would not be enough. Sadly, I had to get another script written, since narcotics can not be refilled, only prescribed again. Even though I am having a non eventful recovery and have not even touched the new script I am glad I asked about the second script. Since when I overdo it, I know I have something on hand.
If the ibuprofen works to handle the pain, then that should be sufficient. If it doesn't, your doctor should understand.
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Unread 12-22-2007, 09:26 AM
Should I ask for more pain meds?

If you're feeling like you might need to, I would go ahead and ask.

When I came home from the hospital, I was taking Percocet, every 4 hours. My doctor told me to stick with taking it on schedule because I need the energy to heal, rather than to fight the pain. I ran out at one week post-op, and even though I'd started substituting in some Motrin 800mg, I definitely had times where something stronger was necessary... so I called. She wrote me a new prescription for Darvocet, 1-2 every 4 hours as needed, and gave me 30 pills. I haven't needed them around the clock, but I usually do end up taking at least 1 Darvocet during the course of the day. I probably don't need all 30 of them, but it's good to know that I have them for the really bad days.
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Unread 12-22-2007, 01:07 PM
Should I ask for more pain meds?

I agree ...... I ran out of pain meds one week post-op and I paniced. I dont like pain meds at all but I do not regret calling the doc for extra cuz God knows I soon needed them. I too do not take them all the time,only when I need them.Ive had a scricp for 30 for alittle over 2weeks now.I believe they know we're in pain but now a days they do have to be careful with narcotics so they only give what is needed AT THE TIME,ya know?If your in pain,CALL. My doc has been very helpful so I hope everyone has the same with their doc
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Unread 12-22-2007, 01:25 PM
Should I ask for more pain meds?

if you feel you need them, you shouldnt worry about calling. i dont see why he'd be bothered by giving one refill. i've noticed that sometimes when people call, the dr calls in something that isnt as strong as the original prescription...so you might not get the same med.
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Unread 12-22-2007, 01:27 PM
Should I ask for more pain meds?

When I got to this point, I asked my doctor if she could prescribe more percoset, and if not, what should my next step in pain management be as I was still in pain. She offered me a new perscription and gave me an alternative. Both worked for me.
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Unread 12-22-2007, 11:10 PM
Should I ask for more pain meds?

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Originally Posted by jesi7
I don't believe asking for more meds would make your doctor think badly of you. I have a seriously high tolerance for pain meds. They spent hours trying to find something in pill form that would work. Vicodin's did NOTHING. Finally we found tylox which is like oxycontin, they seemed to work well enough to at least manage the pain. When I was discharged my doctor wrote the prescription to contain a refill, knowing that one prescription would not be enough. Sadly, I had to get another script written, since narcotics can not be refilled, only prescribed again. Even though I am having a non eventful recovery and have not even touched the new script I am glad I asked about the second script. Since when I overdo it, I know I have something on hand.
If the ibuprofen works to handle the pain, then that should be sufficient. If it doesn't, your doctor should understand.
I am SO glad I requested the second script. I went for a 200 mile ride to have family Christmas party. Riding in the truck on short trips is uncomfortable to say the least, by the time we got there I was relieved that my emergency med pack included pain meds as well as advil and gas x.
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