I had an arachnoid cyst, a build up of spinal fluid, and the spinal cord and my spine were suffering. I got surgery last Tuesday and got out Friday afternoon. I was on Morphine but it didn't do anything except make me itch like crazy. They switched me to something with a D. At least that didn't itch so much. Didn't really do anything either though. So, Oxycodone and Percocet are not working. Neither are Tylenol or Ibuprofen. This is pathetic. I'm pretty sure that pain medication doesn't work at all for me anymore. It's frustrating and miserable. I tried to ask my parents about alternatives and I am going to speak to my doctor about changing the medicine and the possibility of having built up an immunity to pain medication.
I really do wish something would work. Hydromorphone, although it has a short half life.
Please call the doctor, you shouldn't be having that kind of pain. You may have some swelling or infection that needs to be taken care of. You shouldn't have built up a tolerance that quickly, call the doctor and go get seen.
I agree with pattis on this. Make an appointment asap. If the surgery was successful, you shouldn't be in so much pain. Post op pain is acute. Meaning it should subside after a few days or so. If your condition is chronic, then I would suggest a extended release medication. Oxy's are ok for breakthrough pain, but aren't meant for long term use. Does your doctor expect a full recovery? Further treatment? Please call and let him know the pain you are still having. Good luck to you!
Thank you. I didn't quite say it hurt so much, although it can be a 5 or 6 at most out of 10 but I suppose it's usually about 3. I don't know.. I'm not good at scales and deciding things. Right after the surgery, however, I screamed a bit and cried and pulled my parents' hands to myself, feeling vulnerable and young. It hurt so much to lay down so I actually sat up which they say is incredible because most patients don't even begin sitting up until the 3rd or 4th day. The second day I was able to get up and down to use a portable toilet. Yes it quite hurt but I was doing better. Basically they were amazed with me.
I would just like for something to work, whether the pain is mild or if it's up to severe, and if it's chronic. *Something* at least a bit.
I had headaches everyday from the loss of CSF, which is fluid from the spinal cord. I'm supposed to drink a lot and my head is finally feeling better, hurting less often.
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