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Unread 03-15-2008, 06:33 AM

Has anyone had to call their doctor for additional pain meds? I was prescribed Darvacet but it does not really seem to be helping at all. In the hospital I was getting Percocet which seemed to take the edge off pretty well.
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Unread 03-15-2008, 06:59 AM

YUP! Called for more percocet, but had to pick up prescription, cant refll a narcotic. No problem. I didnt it all, only 1 so far, but I have it if I do need it! The way I see it, if they make something for the pain, why should I have to suffer?
Unread 03-15-2008, 08:07 AM

Have you tried adding motrin? A lot of postoperative pain is inflammatory in nature and narcotics tend not to help much...ask your doc...Mine put me on 800mg every 8 hours and it really helped
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Unread 03-15-2008, 09:00 AM

Because of chronic kidney stones and infections, I've had a lot of surgical procedures, in addition to a lot of pain meds for stones. This has been going on for over 30 years, so as you might imagine, I've built up something of a tolerance to pain meds.

If my doc had tried to get me to leave the hospital with nothing stronger than Darvocet, I'd have told her she was nuts!! Fortunately, she told me right up front that she prescribes Percoset post-op, both in the hospital (after the morphine pump is removed, after 24hrs), and for three days after you go home. Still, I had to call her for two more days' worth of Percocet when those first three days were done. In addition to the morphine in the hospital, I was getting Toradol, which is a very strong non-narcotic pain-reliever. At home, she gave me prescription-strength naproxen sodium (Aleve), 550mg twice a day. Now, at just over two weeks out, I'm still taking the naproxen sodium twice a day, but only needing to take the Darvocet she stepped me down to, once or twice a day.

Bottom line, different people have different tolerance levels, both for pain, and for meds. I have a friend that gets knocked out by Midol!! I, OTOH, could eat Tylenol 3s like after-dinner mints and get nothing. If what your doc gave you isn't working, there's nothing wrong with getting something stronger! By the same token, if what your doc gives you makes you too loopy, you can try something milder, and see if that gives you enough pain relief with less loopiness.

Originally Posted by laminct
cant refll a narcotic.
Only partly true. Percoset is very strong. A doctor cannot phone is a 'script for it or refill it over the phone. But milder narcotics like Darvocet, Lorcet (or Lortab) or Tylenol 3 can absolutely be phoned in.
Unread 03-15-2008, 11:36 AM

I had to call in for more Percocet. But alas the Dr was on call and at the hospital all that day and couldn't sign the 'scrip. So they called in some vicodin, and even though it packs less punch, it seems to be doing the trick. If you hurt, call and ask for more. It's much much better than sitting around in pain!! I'm also on 800 mg of Ibuprofen every 8 hrs. I'm relatively comfy now.
Unread 03-15-2008, 06:07 PM

Thanks for the replies everyone. My doc wanted me to have the percocet but when I was discharged she was on call at the other hospital and could not phone in the script so opted for the darvocet. I will call on Monday morning as getting in and out of the bed at night is a very painful process that could would probably be less so with a stronger medication.

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