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Unread 04-09-2015, 12:22 PM
Upcoming hysterectomy 4/13: Pain management post-op

Hi all,
I am scheduled for a hysterectomy on April 13th. They are removing everything but my right ovary. I am so scared of being in pain after. What kind of pain management do they use at the hospital after the surgery. I am staying over one night.
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Unread 04-09-2015, 01:42 PM
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Hi there! When I had my hysterectomy they had me on a morphine pump at first to control the pain but then afterwards I was switched to vicodin and ibuprofen which unfortunately I still need today and I am 2 weeks post op. The kind of meds you will receive will depend on if you have any allergies or what works well for you. Don't be afraid to let them know what works for you, trust me they want to keep you out as much pain as possible. I hope this helps. Take care and good luck with your surgery!
Unread 04-09-2015, 02:08 PM
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Hi Stephanie,

What kind of surgery are you having?

What turtlefan told you is good advice -- make sure you're vocal about your concerns and what is working and what is not. Their goal will be to keep you out of pain.

I had never had surgery before at all, and didn't know what to expect. I had these visions of writhing in excruciating pain. Honestly, the most painful part of putting the IV in (and that's not painful at all). I really had hardly any pain. The doctor has a full range of pain relief orders that could be used if needed. I didn't even need some of it, but was there and available, if needed.
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Unread 04-09-2015, 02:48 PM
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I also had virtually no pain. They had Tylenol and toradol ( kind of like Motrin) in my iv, but when they took it out later that night, I never needed anything at all. And it wasn't like I was tough, fighting thru pain, it just really did not hurt. Wishing you the same!
Unread 04-09-2015, 03:30 PM
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This is my worst fear. Waking up after my surgery, which is the 22nd. Having a hysterectomy, a & p teapots, midurthureal sling and a sacactoploexy. I hasn't a really high tolerance to pain meds. Which really sucks. I am super scared.
Unread 04-09-2015, 03:47 PM
Upcoming hysterectomy 4/13: Pain management post-op

Thank you all for your replies!

It's good to hear that there will be many different options as far as pain relief and they won't just stick to one pain pill if it doesn't really help.

My surgery will be robot assisted.
Unread 04-09-2015, 04:06 PM
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My pain was very well managed. In fact I had very little pain. I was given diclofenac via suppository and extra strength acetaminophen. Good luck on your journey
Unread 04-09-2015, 05:04 PM
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My surgery is Mon also. The anesthesiologist will write orders which include a variety of meds for pain and nausea and more. Then the orders switch over to the surgeons if you're in hospital long enough. They will have choices and if nothing works they call the dr and get more orders. Just be sure to speak up so you're covered.
Unread 04-09-2015, 05:30 PM
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I woke up hooked to a big bag of dilaudid. I was quite literally "feeling no pain"! *grin*

In fact, I never experienced any real pain throughout recovery. A bit of soreness, a bit of twingeyness, but no real pain. I had abdominal surgery, so I was in the hospital for three days. The dilaudid bag left early in the morning on the third day, but even hours later, there was no pain. I used OTC ibuprofen and acetaminophen as necessary and did fine.

As other sisters have said, if you *are* in pain, speak up!
Unread 04-09-2015, 06:24 PM
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I didn't have any discomfort in the hospital, perhaps due to effects of the anesthesia. I was concerned about nausea, but that too was properly managed, with meds and a patch worn behind my ear.

I did begin to experience some pain about a week out from surgery and took a pain pill to get to sleep each night for awhile.

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