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Unread 10-03-2002, 11:54 AM
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Hello, 's! This is a suggestion from the post op side. There have been some posts today regarding 's outlook regarding pain management. One gal was sent home with a week's worth of pain meds and can't get anymore from her doctor. There were several responses to that post and someone suggested it would be a good thing to recommend mentioning to all of you who are preparing for surgery. Everyone recovers differently and has different pain tolerance. It would be a good idea to talk to your DR ahead of time about his/her philosophy on pain management for your recovery time. I was very fortunate that my DR made sure I had all that pain meds I needed, and in fact, I didn't even use them all. But it was good to know I had them, just in case.

Good luck to all of you!
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Unread 10-03-2002, 11:59 AM
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I have to agree, before I went to the Castle, I explained to the DR that I had been on Vicoden's for over a year for pain management and I didn't think it would work after, we discussed it and it really helped on the other side he gave me percocets instead
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Unread 10-03-2002, 12:15 PM
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I have to admit, I loved my Percocet!!
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Unread 10-03-2002, 12:18 PM
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Hi, I agree that talking to your Dr about pain management pre -op is a good idea .I think you should talk about any worries or questions you have. The more prepared you are the calmer you usually are. It's been my experience that DR's are usuall very willing to answer questions and work to find the best answers. I find making a list of what I want to ask is helpful. Good luck ,keep us informed.s
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Unread 10-03-2002, 02:21 PM
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I had my pre-op yesterday and this was one question I asked. He said I could expect to need the pain meds for a week or two after surgery. I didn't ask "what if I need more" though. Is a week or two pretty normal for a TAH?
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Unread 10-03-2002, 02:43 PM
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One thing to remember is that most narcotic pain meds leave you pretty woozy. Trying to use lesser meds when you can tolerate it is going to improve the brain fog that is so heavy after surgery.

I'm no masochist, so I take meds when I need them (years of migraines have taught me well) but I've been very lucky with this surgery. I had one shot of morphine the first night after an afternoon surgery and then was on torodol for 24 hours. Once I came home the next morning I have needed nothing but some ibuprofen.

Most docs are more than willing to treat pain. Be sure to ask for what you need as we all feel pain differently. Good luck

Laura
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LAVH/BSO 9-16-02 adenomyosis and bleeding for way too long
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Unread 10-06-2002, 03:51 PM
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For me because I am on Vioxx for arthritis I cannot take Ibuprofin so My dr and I decided that I would stick with the narcatics when I need them. I don't need them now but did need them for a while after.
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Unread 10-06-2002, 09:10 PM
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Pain management was something I was EXTREMELY worried about postop. I cannot tolerate any medication at all by mouth (I have a very very sensitive stomach). I had a morphine PCP for the first two days and paracetemol suppositories (in the rectum) for two days after that. The pain was manageable by then and I haven't had anything since. I had no constipation problems either and I think this was because of not taking strong painkillers. I must admit though, it would have been nice to have been able to take something at night just to ease the ouchies so I could sleep better. Oh well!! I don't have a high pain threshold either, so I consider myself rather fortunate in the pain stakes. Aren't we all different though???
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