So I'm 32 yo and have to get both of my hips replaced, one at a time. I was taking fentanyl 75 patch and Norco 10 x5 as needed for the pain. Between the two, the joint pain was still present, however manageable. My orthopedic surgeon has had me taper off the fentanyl entirely and reduce the Norco to a max of 3 times a day (fentanyl being the strongest meds they are able to use post-op , and they don't want me to have a built up tolerance). The issue I am now facing is that I can feel EVERY little thing the pain meds were masking. My 1st surgery is in a couple weeks. Can anyone recommend something to help with sleep?
I'd feel better if I could punch that surgeon in the nose for causing all that pain. You will have less pain post op then you do now. I don't know what these docs are thinking these days. Lets make him suffer while we can? 75 of fentanyl isn't the top, it could be increased post op. And then there are things like morphine for breakthrough. I swear to God they are teaching these docs nothing about pain anymore. My friend had a hip replacement a year ago, she had way more pain before the surgery, she was out walking the dog with no problems a month post op. And what about the hip they aren't fixing right now?
For 30-days (or more) you can try eliminating sugar in all it;s forms and artificial sweeteners and caffeine and be sure you are adequately hydrated. Also, change up some mid-day activities and your going to bed routine. Try something that will relax your Mind be it reading, writing, etc., but if it's mentally stimulating rather than relaxing, need to try something else.
Sleep is about the brain being able to self-soothe, and all of the above can help that. These things help overall and can especially in your situation. Usually add to that a mid-day 30 minute walk, obviously not something I'll recommend for you at this time.
It's good if you tapered off the patches successfully, big kudos to that Dr, as this can be extremely difficult. I find if I first see how much I can deal with the pain without the meds (usually the first 45-90 minutes of being awake, then add the meds gradually to "help" my non-med method, the meds do what they're designed to do much better, and they;re designed to help, not to eliminate the pan. If they're helping a method that is based on your ability to deal with the pain without them, then they will help much more, and, you;ll be developing skills for the future, should you not have pain meds anymore. Hope this helps a bit.
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