I have Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthrits and Fibromyalgia, so I have chronic pain. I take several medications, some of which are narcotic pain killers (Oxycotin, Percocet, Neurotin). I'm having shoulder surgery later this month and I'm a little concerned since I'm already taking all these meds - how will the dr. be able to manage this additional pain? Thanks
Stay on the extended release opiates as prescibed and see if your doctor can give you a stronger breakthough med for after surgery. You shouldn't add to what you already take. Pain from surgery is acute pain. Stronger breakthrough meds (in my opinion) is what I would discuss with my doctor. Good luck with the surgery.
I have a similar health history. My pain meds are about one level below yours. I had a procedure done about a year ago and I had too much tolerance for his pain cocktail to work much at all. There is no problem with anesthesia, but I think you have a valid concern about pain control. I don't claim to know all the answers, but I can only speak from my own experience. I would be interested in how your doctor answers this concern.
I had and (still have Chronic pain) a couple years ago I had to have an Ulna nerve transposition (Shoulder/arm surgery) I had the same concerns at that time I was on Fentanyl patches (low dose because I don't have much body mass and also hydrocodone for breakthrough I wondered what I'd be given for the additional pain from surgery the orthopedist kept me overnight and used IV PCA Morphine for 24 hours, once assuming you stay overnight and come home perhaps your doctor will switch you to a painkiller that your body isn't use to or may even increase the dose of some of your already exhisting medications thus the combination may help do the job, just be sure he is aware of ALL you take don't worry one thing I found out they manage it far better than even I expected. You take good care and if possible let us know how you are
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