I have been given Vicodin, Tylenol #3, Tramadol, etc. over the last 30 years for back and neck pain & it has never had much affect on my pain. I have never felt "high" from any pain meds either. I have been told that my brain doesn't handle pain meds due to my Serotonin levels. I have been an insomniac all my life due to the low Serotinin in my system.
There are many, many pain meds the doctor could try: Demerol, Percocet, Morphine, Dilaudid, etc. I'm sure your surgeon will give you something to help with your pain. I'm curious though, since pain meds don't work well for you because of your serotonin levels, do they also have difficulty anesthetizing you for surgery? Before surgery be sure to tell your doctor about your resistance to pain meds. Give him/her a list of those you have tried and don't work. That will help him determine which med will be best for you and the dosage. It could be that the pain meds that did not help were just too low of a dose. Bottom line, talk to your doctor. I hope your surgery goes well Friday and you heal quickly.
Its not your brain that is the problem, its the fact that no one has prescribed anything that really works for pain. A percocet might work better, or just oxycodone. Except for tramadol, I have no idea what your serotonin level has with pain meds. The way the docs are prescribing very little for post op pain, I will make any doc who wants to operate on me sign a pledge that he will give me adequate pain meds.
Yes, I do talk to the anesthesiologist before surgery about my difficulty with pain meds. I am having a nerve block tomorrow which I have never had before so I hope it goes well. I definitely will remind my surgeon that I need reliable pain meds post op. That is my only concern with the surgery. I have an extremely high pain tolerance which is a blessing and a curse! Thanks for the suggestions.
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