Does anyone have the experience of being a pain management patient and experiencing an... injury? I broke my leg yesterday and am having trouble controlling the pain. I really don't want additional Meds if at all possible yet I am struggling here today. Any ideas?
- 6 Sep 2013 by Dannian
- 8 September 2013
yes, not an injury but I had surgery while being in pain management. You cant rely on your regular maintenance meds to help you with this acute pain. They just need to adjust your meds by adding what they would normally give someone with this kind of pain on top of your maintenance dose. So for a leg fracture, they might normally give someone Percocet 5/325 1 or 2 every 4-6 hours as needed for pain-they need to add this to what you are already taking. Does that make sense to you? Your regular dose wont cover both your chronic pain AND your acute pain. If you have a breakthrough medication, you might try taking that to see if it helps but you will need more than just your maintenance dose. When I was in the hospital after surgery, most of the nurses understood this but I had one night nurse who just couldnt get this through her head.
She kept thinking my Oxycontin should cover my surgery pain too! I had a big ole fight with her the last night I was there! At that time I took Oxycontin three times a day and oxycodone for breakthrough. They added 5mg more oxycodone to my breakthrough meds and gave me that when I was on meds by mouth. I had morphine and dilaudid by IV before that in addition to the Oxycontin maintenance dose (once they allowed me to eat).
I am so sorry that you broke your leg! You definitely need to pull out your breakthrough meds. I was in a cast from the knee down after foot surgery. I ended up having a cast for 2-1/2 months. But I learned a trick to help with bathing when you have a leg cast. (You can't shower) I bought one of those toddler sized plastic chairs. It fits perfectly in the tub and you can prop your leg up on it to keep it dry. Let all of the water out before you try to stand up. I learned that the hard way --- I had to get a new cast because the first one got soaked. I hope your pain eases and that you heal quickly.
When I had hip surgery just switching from norco to lortab helped me. Just something different than what Your used to taking might help. And when I broke my ankle number one is keep it elevated with the pillows as much as possible. If you are like me you probably try to do too much. Let the housework go. Get lots of rest and feel better soon !
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