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Unread 12-23-2007, 01:33 PM
Is it normal?

I had my TAH on Dec 13. I am still needing percocet for the pain. I have tried several times to move to Tylenol 1 or Motrin and I end up in agony. I still feel like I have been ripped apart inside-I know I have been. My doctor only gave me 30 pills and I am nervous to call and ask for more. I do have a infection at my incision site. On antibiotics and such. I seem to manage pain fine if I take one Perc every 5 hours. Is it normal to be still needing narcotics after a week? I read things about percocet and it makes me nervous..But I react to Tylenol 3 and anything else does not work for me..I am taking it very easy, my DH is not letting me do anything, the most I do is walk to the bathroom and from the bed to the recliner. My DH is so scared I will get hurt as the surgeon told us I had well over a hundred internal stiches, so i know the pain is not from over doin it.
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Unread 12-23-2007, 01:45 PM
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This is something you really should be in touch with your doctor about. If the prescription is about to run out, then let him or her know that before it happens, and they can decide whether you should stay on that or try something else. People are just really variable in how much pain they have postoperatively, so you just have to go with what your own experience is.
Unread 12-23-2007, 01:49 PM
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I'm so sorry you are still have such pain. You are still pretty early in your recovery though. I didn't have a TAH, so not sure what's normal for that type of incision. The infection is probably adding to it though (IMO). Have you tried splitting the Percocet in half. That worked well for me. Also, instead of trying just Motrin/Tylenol alone, try rotating them with the Percocet. I would take a Motrin and if I still have pain after an hour, I would take a Percocet (or half of one).

Everyone is different, so if you are still having that much pain, talk with your doc. Your body may just need longer to recover.
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Unread 12-23-2007, 02:10 PM
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I agree - you are still early in your recovery and often the 2nd or 3rd week can be rougher than the 1st one. Check out the checkpoints for your timeframe - they are a great help.

Since you are concerned give your doctor a call about it. We all heal at different rates so do not judge where you are by where someone else is - you might have had different stuff done.

Personally, if you are able to take one percocet every 5 hours, I don't think that is unreasonable at 10 days post op. I didn't have a TAH, but have had other invasive surgeries and it all just takes time. (I had surgery on my rotator cuff, joint cleaned out and 2 screws put in for broken bone on 12/5 and I am still on Rx pain meds about 4X/day.)

I am now 6 months from my TVH and that doesn't seem possible! and remember to
Unread 12-23-2007, 02:34 PM
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You need to call in soon so you aren't short when stores are closed for Christmas. I was told at 10 days to take 800mg of motrin that I just got off the shelf. Your infection would put extra pressure on your incision would it? I wonder if something like toradol would help it relieves pain at the incision site. The percecet works on the brain reaction to pain, so I understand.
I had TAH/BSO so I know how that incision feels, minus the infection. Let DH pamper you he knows what he is doing. Hope you feel better soon.
Unread 12-23-2007, 04:03 PM
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Thank you for your support and feedback. The nurse just came to do the bandage changing on my incision and I talked to her as well. The nurse said the same things as well, she actully recommended that I walk around a bit more as I have not wanted to move at all. I will call the DR in the morning to get more pain medication and I am going to try cutting the percocet in half to see how that goes. Thanks so much
Unread 12-23-2007, 05:11 PM
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When I called my doctor before my two week checkup for more pain medicine, he didn't have a problem with it at all. He also recommended walking as much as possible, even while I was still in the hospital.
Unread 12-23-2007, 06:25 PM
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I am ten days postop LAVH with lots of internal sutures for massive internal bleeding with two pints of blood transfusion. I saw my doctor for sutures out a week post and he wasn't concerned at all with my use of pain medications. Afterall, I was in the hospital four days postop due to the extreme pain from the surgical complications. I was discharged on Oxycontin 40 mg twice daily and Narco 7.5/500 two tablets every 4-6 hours. I am now down to one Oxycontin and two Narco daily. I thought I had a high pain tolerance! Maybe it would be better if I had a DH, friend or older children to have helped me out some - but I am a divorced woman on my own here. My elderly mother took me to/from the hospital and doctor appointment. She brought me a few meals, but other than that - I have been on my own. I really think it has helped me to force myself to be up and moving about when I really didn't feel like it.

Women - let your partners, older children, and friends pamper you!
LAVH left Rt ovary and tube 12/13/07 for 4 month size uterus, fibroids and adenomyosis.
Unread 12-24-2007, 11:25 PM
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I was done completely by my 3rd week with the pain meds and I was so proud. Fourth week,end of, I fell so Im back to square one. I agree with the ladies, you are so early in your recovery. The doc will probably prescribe a less addictive main med but dont hesitate to call if your still in pain. They know we are,they just have to be careful now-a-days with their scrips. CALL!!!!!!
Unread 12-25-2007, 03:55 PM
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I took my percoset for the first week and a half and then as needed for another week or 2. Talk to your Doc. If you have an infection you are going to hurt more than you would other wise.

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