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Unread 12-21-2011, 11:55 AM
pain medication question


I had a TVH on 12/16. From what I understand all went well. I guess I did so well I was lucky enough to go home the next morning. I was sent home with vicodin, 20 I was taking percocet in the hospital but it made me itch.

They sent me home with vicodin, when my next dose was due, at 1:30 in the afternoon I took the vicodin, and have taken it like it has said on the bottle ever since. On Monday I talked with the doctors office about 1 week appointment, and the nurse asked about the I mentioned I still was in alot of pain but trying to stay on top of it. She mentioned to start taking 800 mg motrin along with the pain meds, which I did.

I decided to try just the motrin this morning, at 6:00 am, did not work still break through pain. I called my doctor's office this morning to ask for a pain medication refill, the nurse called me back said doctor was in surgery she would talk to him then get back to me, but she also said he does not like to refill he thinks pain should be manageble to with OTC by day four. I have one left that I have split into quarters after that I guess I will use the motrin, I was just wondering if anyone had any additional suggestions to lesson pain.

Also had my ovaries out and no HRT I have stage 0 breast cancer 5 years ago, and even though it was not estrogen negative they will not give me an HRT. So starting to get real emotional. Any suggestions for that would be great as well.
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Unread 12-21-2011, 12:02 PM
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I don't have any suggestions but wanted to say I'm sorry that your doc might not give you a refill. I know they worry that we'll become addicted but as adults they should give us the benefit of doubt. No matter what type of hysterectomy we have they're still digging around and cutting out our insides. Of course it's gonna hurt! I'm 12 days out from TAH and had to get a refill. We all heal at different rates.
Unread 12-21-2011, 12:02 PM
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Purely an observation from personal experience, but I have found that some pain meds work more effectively than others on specific people. Morphine does nothing for me but make me woozy. Tylenol is also not effective on me for pain or fever. Ibuprofen is fine and naproxin is amazing for me. My husband finds that naproxin does nothing, and tylenol is great. If the dr won't refill, try different otc pain meds and see if any are helping more than the ibuprofen.
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Unread 12-21-2011, 01:48 PM
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Call your primary care doc if the surgeon refuses. Pain will cause you to be less active and slows your healing. The doc who did not have surgery should not have subjective amounts of time for pain meds.
Unread 12-21-2011, 02:14 PM
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Irritation and pain are signs not to ignore. And it's not good for your mental health.

Alleve is pretty good if you can take that.
Unread 12-21-2011, 06:43 PM
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Thank you for all of your input. Mr. Doctor did refill my prescription and I am feeling much better about that.
Unread 12-21-2011, 11:21 PM
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I had a TVH on 12/13 , and the doc sent me home with 20 Lortab 5s... I took 2 every 4 hours like instructed ( I actually needed them that frequently the first day... I mean do the math I was
out of pain meds by day 3... I called my doc and explained that I needed something stronger that I could take less... He called me in 15 Lortab 7.5s, but the nurse said they should last until my doc appt 1/3.... I am down to taking the meds one pill twice a day, but if I walk a lot I am in pain... Ibuprofen causes me stomach trouble so OTC doesn't do anything for me... They pulled our insides out and they are scared to give us pain meds??? I don't understand this world sometimes...Happy Healing
Unread 12-21-2011, 11:44 PM
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Just FYI, ladies, the main reason DRs are reluctant to prescribe more narcotic pain medication after the initial prescription runs out is not because they fear we might become addicted - it's because narcotic pain meds cause constipation, and it's important to get the GI system up and running smoothly again.

I also agree that different medications affect different people differently. I do not bother with narcotic pain meds because the only thing they do is make me irritable. I've had the best luck with anti-inflammatories, which allow me to keep a clear head and actually treat the cause of most of the pain. My favorite is Toradol (ketorolac), which is given IV or IM in the hospital and then can be taken orally at home, though not for very long; then I switch over to Celebrex (celecoxib), then to either naproxen or ibuprofen. And, by the way, studies have shown that taking Celebrex post-surgery helps minimize the likelihood of adhesion formation.


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