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Unread 08-05-2002, 06:20 AM
nausea from pain meds?

Hi ladies!
My trip to the castle is this Thursday. I am getting more nervous as the time goes by, I am having these crazy thoughts going through my head. My questions are: has your doctor put you on a soft diet before surgery, if so what things did you eat? I have to start a soft diet today. Also, did any of you get nauseous from the pain meds, I am so sensitive to them and then they give me the anti-nausea shot and I get sick from that. Any suggestions will be appreciated!
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Unread 08-05-2002, 06:45 AM
nausea from pain meds?

Hi Becki:

I was put on a soft diet the day before too..I was able to eat a regular breakfast, then I switched to mostly liquids for lunch, and dinner, no red meat as it takes longer to digest than chicken. Really they wanted me to stay away from meat altogether from lunch on.

As far as the pain med's, this is something you need to discuss with the anesthesiologist as they are the ones responsible for controlling your pain during and after I would defintely discuss this with the anesthesiologist that is assigned to your case, you can either call ahead and discuss the issues you have or wait until you see that person prior to going into surgery..whichever you are comfortable with.

They have ALOT of pain meds available to them, I am also sensitive to pain med's., what worked for me was Dilaudid (hydromorphine), unfortunately I couldn't have it in a pump, but the night nurse came in every 3 hrs to give it to me.

Good luck..and do give them a call if you have questions
Unread 08-05-2002, 07:13 AM
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Hi Becki,
I think your note is going to be moved to the pre-op board, hope this reply goes with it .
My doctor put me on a two day liquid diet! That was the worst! I didn't think I was going to survive that at all. I thought if I can make it through that, surgery will be a breeze. So a soft diet should be a piece of lol! I too am very sensitive to meds and sickness. I told the anethstesiologist (sp) to not give me too much to put me to sleep because I always wake up sick. I do remember waking up in the recovery room once and thought I heard them mention I got sick but if I did I don't remember it. I did get sick the first time they got me out of bed post-op. I was only able to sit down in the chair for a few seconds and needed to get back to bed right away. But after that no more. I was ok. I know how you feel, it can be scary. I was afraid if I got sick I would risk tearing any stitches I had but it did not happen. Try not to worry about it you will be fine and good luck with your surgery !

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Unread 08-05-2002, 08:24 AM
nausea from pain meds?

I wasn't put on a special diet prior to my surgery.

My biggest fear prior to surgery was that I would get sick. I got a list of the meds I recieved in the OR & Recovery from my prior surgeries that made me sick & made sure the anesthesiologist was aware of my problems beforehand. I remember waking up in my room after my TAH/BSO/lap gallbladder removal & my 1st thought being, "Wow, I don't feel sick." That didn't last too long though because I ended up getting sick from the Morphine PCA pump. I was nauseaous frequently in the hospital afterwards but I can't tell you if it was from the pain meds / antibiotics or just the pain in general.

Good luck!

Unread 08-05-2002, 10:05 AM
nausea from pain meds?

I got sick from the pain medicine also. My first nurse just had me stop eating - only sips and ice chips. Then the new nurse told me I had to stop the morphine drip and get something in my stomach,so I could take meds by mouth. THank God for that wonderful nurse. Get off the Morphine ASAP! After the second day all I really needed to control the pain was a heating pad and Ibuprofen. If I get swollen it really does hurt more.

Do make sure you let the hosp. staff know you are worried about this when you are checking in.

Best of luck to you, I hope you find the most comfortable way for you.
Unread 08-05-2002, 02:12 PM
nausea from pain meds?

I am having a TVH with an epidural for the first 24 hrs. I am hoping it will be effective as pain control. My general dr. said she gives ultram, but as I researched a bit, I found that it also is a narcotic. YUK!!!!
Unread 08-05-2002, 04:03 PM
nausea from pain meds?

Hi Becki:

Yes, Ultram does have a narcotic in it. I took it for a couple days after my hernia surgery, made me just as nauseated as the Vicodin they gave me...but I put up with the nausea this time because I was in so much more pain from the hernia surgery than I was from the hysterectomy, argh!!

The epidural will give you alot of pain relief, because everything is numb..they will more than likely give you something to sedate you during surgery though, and I understand Versed is used for is also used prior to surgery as a's very short acting and can be dose controlled.

Good Luck this Thursday!!
Unread 08-05-2002, 04:14 PM

Hi - I was on clear liquids the day before. As far as nausea goes- most narcotics will cause nausea- have them premedicate you with Zofran - it will ease it up post op. I was on Morphine whitch made me goofy and nauseated despite anti emetics. Once they shut off the MS, they switched me to Toradol- what a wonderful drug!! No pain and no nausea- able to drink fluids and get out of bed.
Unread 08-05-2002, 04:21 PM
nausea from pain meds?

Wow, you're the first person I heard of that responded to the Toradol alone, it is usually given in conjunction with other pain relievers after surgery.

Toradol is a NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory), like Ibuprophen and Naproxen Sodium.

That's great that you responded to the Toradol alone!
Unread 08-05-2002, 04:47 PM
nausea from pain meds?

After they stopped my Morphine pump, they put me on Toradol combined with Demerol. They then switched me to Percoset. I was also given Zofran for my nausea.


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