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  #1  
Unread 08-28-2008, 03:54 PM
Pain medication question

I am just curious how long others have been on pain medication post op. I am three weeks out today and take ibuprofen in the morning because I wake up in pain, and occasionally am still in enough pain in the evenings I take vicodin. Is this common? I am concerned because addiction runs in my family and while I know that everyone is different I just want a general idea of what others are experiencing.

Thanks
Kitty
LSH - fibroids - 8/7/08
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Unread 08-28-2008, 05:09 PM
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Hey Pixie,

Normally I can get by with Advil. Tonight I just took a percocet cause I needed it. Everyone is different.

Mac
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Unread 08-28-2008, 05:15 PM
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Wow, it seems I could have posted this same question awhile back. Like you, I was taking 600 mg motrin during the day and vicodin at night. The doctor prescribed three refills on the vicodin at 20 pills each. I did beg her for another prescription because I was in a bit of pain after the refills wore off but soon realized that it wasn't so much night pain but the feeling of being able to relax and have a good night sleep. I started to feel that I could be addicted to them because soon after they only relax me and I would be up watching tv until 2 or 3 am. So, I kicked the addiction or what I thought could be an addiction because as you addictions runs in my family as well. I go back to work on September 8th and I am frightened that my sleep patterns will be slow to adjust since I have a hard time sleeping. But to sum this all up, I am sure that the doctor will not prescribe you too much and the norm is that they only give you what they feel you should have for a few weeks.

Good luck to you.
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Unread 08-28-2008, 05:19 PM
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I think it is fine because you are taking it as needed for pain. I'm in my 3rd week too and I am still taking pain meds . as needed. I don't think you need to worry. Not being in pain is a good thing. I'm trying to gradually take less.
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Unread 08-28-2008, 05:29 PM
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Hi Kitty,
I was worried about the addiction to the pain meds too. I'm a recovering alcoholic...been sober 18 years now. BUT when my doc prescribed dilaudid, my heart lost a beat! I had only one refill on it, but did not refill. I eased off it and just reminded myself that I needed it to manage the pain. By the end of the 3 weeks, my prescription was empty and I was fine on ibuprofen. I did eventually stop using that because I was starting to get cramps in my legs frequently. I read somewhere that extensive regular use of ibuprofen can cause that. So I switched to the extra strength tylenol, as I needed it. My pain was managed well with that and the frequent leg cramps went away. You should be fine. Just be sure to re-evaluate your motives (i.e. "am I taking this for the pain?") each time before you take the vicodin. I am confident you will be fine. I made it, so can you!
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Unread 08-29-2008, 01:21 AM
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Sorry if this gets long: I used to take Aleve regularly because of arthritis, but was told to stop a few weeks before my D&C, which was done on July 8th. I used extra-strength Tylenol instead, which wasn't as effective, but ok. I hadn't switched back when I got the call about needing the hysterectomy, so I stayed with the Tylenol until the day of surgery. Post-op, I was given Oxycodin and Ibuprofin 800; I took the Oxy the first few days, about every six hours, then switched to the Ibuprofin for daytime, sometimes alternating with the Oxy the first week. I needed the Oxy at night, though. The Ibuprofin wasn't comfortable in my stomach, so about a week out, I switched back to my Aleve. Unfortunately, I had developed bad swelling in my legs and feet, and I don't think the Aleve was a good idea, since it can add to that. At my three-week checkup, I was put on a diuretic, and a few days later, it occurred to me to give up the Aleve and go back to Tylenol. So, that's what I'm using now. My worst arthritis is in my hip, and like many others, I have some joint aches as a negative bonus from surgery, so I still sometimes take an Oxy or a Tylenol 3 (left from June dental surgery - this has been a crappy summer!) at night.

The only pain I have left from my hysterectomy now is a persisitent jab feeling in my upper right abdomen, which gets worse at night, and pain in my "good" hip. I also have a problem (which predates the surgery, but has gotten more frequent) of what I call a full-body restless leg syndrome - where I just can't stand to be in my own skin to the point where I get very squirmy and want to scream. The only thing that has ever helped that is one of the narcotics, so I also occasionally need the Oxy or T3 for that. If I didn't have these other problems, I would probably be ok with just extra-strength Tylenol.
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Unread 08-29-2008, 07:35 AM
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Thanks guys for the words of encouragement! I guess I just need to remember that it takes *time* to heal from this surgery. I do indeed ask myself why am I taking the vicodin every time I take it to make sure my motivations are ok.

Kitty
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Unread 08-29-2008, 11:37 AM
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I called my Dr today and got a refill on my 10 tylox. I was shocked cuz they were very nice and got a fast response from them.
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Unread 08-29-2008, 11:42 AM
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I called for a refill of mine yesterday too and it was no problem. I guess if they were concerned about it they would have talked to me about it.
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Unread 08-29-2008, 11:49 AM
Pain medication question

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Originally Posted by pixieglenn
I called for a refill of mine yesterday too and it was no problem. I guess if they were concerned about it they would have talked to me about it.
I hear ya there. I was gonna plead my case. I told them my symptoms. I also got nauses meds too. I was so nauseated last night and this mornig I haven't ate since yesterday. They probably thought I looked like the walking dead.
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