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Pain meds - do you still need them at 2 weeks???? Pain meds - do you still need them at 2 weeks????

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Unread 08-07-2001, 11:12 AM
Pain meds - do you still need them at 2 weeks????

I am finding that I still need pain meds and have run out. My 2 week appt is this afternoon and I am going to ask for a refill (I am taking Vicodin) I am having "sharp, shooting pains" through my lower abdomen and they are very painful.

How long did you all need to take the prescription pain meds and did the pain get worse again before it got better?? I am worried now that I might have an infection or something and that is what is causing these shooting pains?? As some of you have seen from my previous posts, I did venture out of the house on a couple of occasions and I have been cautioned that I may have done too much already?? (Climbing 3 flights of stairs daily to get mail, dishwasher ...)

Thanks to you all for the great advice - i swear i HAVE been on the couch all day yesterday and today, too. deb
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Unread 08-07-2001, 03:15 PM
Pain meds - do you still need them at 2 weeks????

I took medication (Vicodin and Celebrex) well into my 3rd week post-op, but I reduced the dose and frequency until I was taking it only at night. However, I didn't have "sharp shooting pains" -- mine were more "achey", "dull and draggy", and tenderness. I only had "sharp shooting" pains during urination and when I had gas. I'd say constant "sharp shooting pains" calls for your doc's advice.
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Unread 08-07-2001, 03:24 PM
Pain meds - do you still need them at 2 weeks????

It's ok to ask for more pain meds if you need them. every women is different and some may not need them, I was one who did!

I also seem to do too much too soon, and beware it will set you back or cause complications. So please kick your feet up and rest.

It is best to have the meds if your in pain so your body can heal.
I found that out, but after you take the pain med you may think you can get up and over do it because you are feeling good but remember your body needs to heal first.

I know how hard it is as I am a clean freak and could not sit still, even though my dh was doing a great job when he would go out shopping or to work I would sneak and do some cleaning, I also would get a ear full when he found out.

I hope you get some relief and plenty of
you'll soon be on your way to feeling 100%
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Unread 08-07-2001, 03:41 PM
Pain with a Capital T

Tiger by the Tail,

Love your name - As you can see by mine, I was not as creative. If I had understood how to do the emotians, I would have come up with something with a Dragon :dragon:

Pain Medication, I read a lot of strings about pain, and it wasn't until the beginning of my fifth week that I felt comfortable not taking the percocet. I too felt sharp pains, but attributed it to the 100 or more internal stitches and I must have been right, because I also stopped the bleeding as the shooting pains stopped. Also, the DR didn't have any problem giving me another perscription for 20 of the percocet on the eve of my 3rd week. I don't need them anymore. The motrine takes care of the minor pain now.

To paraphase the Bible "This too shall pass". I hope!

Take care of yourself, and let me reinerate, "This is the only time you will have to get really well." Take advantage of it!

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Unread 08-07-2001, 03:43 PM
Pain meds - do you still need them at 2 weeks????

I am 2 weeks post-op, and was interested by your question, as my Dr. only gave me a Rx for 10 Percocet pills when I left the hospital. I posted here to get people's opinions on whether or not this was normal. Obvioulsy it isn't, and they encouraged me to call him and get more. I did, and found that the squeaky wheel DOES get the grease.
I still need to take Vicodin and a couple of antihistimines in the evening, but am not afraid of taking during the day if the pain gets to be too much. I am learning from this site that this is really a big operation, and you are not expected to be 'all better, now go tackle the world' for weeks or even months.
If the Vicodin is helping, it certainly doesn't hurt to ask for a refill, especially if you have tried Advil and Tylenol. Studies are showing that those two can cause some serious kidney and liver problems over time. I'd rather kick the pain for the day than just 'pick' at it.
Get well soon!
Dawna
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Unread 08-07-2001, 06:30 PM
Pain meds - do you still need them at 2 weeks????

DAWNA - oh my Gosh i can not believe your dr. omly gave you 10 pills!! I went thru at least that many on day # 1 being at home - I hope you called for some more! i did go back in today for my 2 week post op and got another prescription for (40) Vicodin and she told me to take Ibuprofin, also to help with pain. The "sharp shooting" pains she said is probably where the stiches are in the muscles and are dissolving...she said that was normal...i was glad to hear that!!!! Take care!!
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Unread 08-07-2001, 07:00 PM
Pain meds - do you still need them at 2 weeks????

Hi Deb,

I took Rx pain meds into my 3rd week, tapering off until I was only taking them at night. I needed them to get the rest I needed to heal properly, and my Dr. didn't give me any kind of hard time about it.

As you enter your 3rd weeks post-op, you can INDEED start to feel worse before you feel better! One gyn called the 3-5 week post-op period the most fragile, as that's when your countless internal stitches are starting to dissolve. Many women start "feeling" their surgery a lot more at this stage. There can suddenly be shooting pains, pulling, tugging, and burning sensations. This is because as stitches dissolve, it leaves the weakened tissues to take over, and you are indeed fragile through this time. Many sisters get more "emotional" as well.

Please take this as a cue from your body to continue taking it very easy, and get lots of rest with your feet UP. This will take the pressure off those tender tissues. And DO try to minimize your using 3 flights of stairs at this point...that's really pushing it.

Of course, always call your Dr. if you're concerned.

My very best to you...

Linda
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Unread 08-07-2001, 07:07 PM
Pain meds - do you still need them at 2 weeks????

Thank you, Linda for your advice!!! And I do plan on taking it easy on those stairs!! I will just have my boyfriend go down and get the bills from the mailbox!! lololol.....
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Unread 08-07-2001, 11:32 PM
Pain meds - do you still need them at 2 weeks????

I am 9 wks post op and thought at 2 wks I was a real wimp when I read about people only using motrin at 2 days post. Well I want you to know I recovered beautifully and feel at least 90% now. I did need to still use pain pills at 2 weeks and all the way up to 5 weeks but it did decrease with time. I think I even used 1/2 vicodan 2-3 nights when I started back to work at 7 wks. I think if you use them to keep you pain free and resting it is good but if you use them to be pain free and then do too much it can back fire. Please take the advice on this site and you wont go wrong.
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Unread 08-08-2001, 01:06 AM
Pain meds - do you still need them at 2 weeks????

Just wanted to say my personal experience was that I still had pain at 2wks post op and my dr gave me another prescription of vicodin. The ibuprofen wasn't doing ANYTHING for the pain. Fortunately though it was only a few days after that (and even then only taking pain meds at night/evenings) that I was able to stop using pain meds. I take ibuprofen at times -but I don't really feel any difference and I'm only taking them for the inflammation help and sometimes headaches. Pretty much pain free now- just minor pings and pangs especially after overdoing it but I can live with that. (and I'm a major LOW threshold for pain type person. LOL)

Wishing you well!
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