... PLEASE HELP, Miss Sassy The pain comes on in my stomach. I am taking percoset 3 a day 10/325. Sometimes it helps but when the attack is that bad I go to the hospital 3 times. If the drs do surgery scar tissue will only come back with a vengeance. Can anyone please help me. I cannot take the pain much longer. PLEASE PLEASE if anyone has a answer please help. Have had the pain since the umbilical surgery 6 years ago. PLEASE HELP, the pain is getting worse as the days are going by, once again please help, Miss Sassy
Well, it sounds as though you have a pain management Doctor, which is to your advantage and a good start. The fact that you are making repeated trips to the emergency room, and your expression of pleas here make it clear that your pain is not being properly controlled.
I would bring to your attention that you are taking medication that has a relatively short half-life. Visualize your pain medicine as ripples (waves) in water. When you take a pill, it takes a certain amount of time for it to reach its' peak, and then it begins to drop. If you were to have continuous pain control, you would take your next dose when the previous dose is coasting down, as the new one takes such-and-such time (again) to reach full "power."
Normally, the medication you are taking is for "acute" pain - something that would Be taken after surgery, for example, and on a schedule of every four-to-six hours. The issue with your story is, if you were to follow the six-hour schedule, you would be one pill short per day.
It sounds as though you have chronic, not acute, pain. With terminally ill patients, just as an example, the way their pain is (attempted to be) controlled is by having them on a long-term medication (a pill that lasts twelve or twenty-four hours OR a patch that lasts three days); and THEN the pills you take are used for breakthrough pain. Breakthrough pain is just what it sounds like. You are on a medication that is meant to control your pain at all times... but sometimes pain will punch through that protective bubble of medication you have taken. In that situation, short-acting medication will be taken to help with that breakthrough pain to get you over that hump.
Bring papers or data with you to demonstrate what is happening with your trips to the ER, and see if you can get a new kind of pain management support that will be more appropriate for your situation. No one should be forced to suffer.
Do try to find other things to do that will shift your mind away from the pain. I color adult coloring books, for example. Your doctor may be impressed that you are taking more holistic steps to try to help yourself, but still need support.
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