Had my SNS surgery four weeks ago yesterday. Still in quite a lot of pain. Taking 15mg of Oxy?
- 10 Apr 2012 by Anonymous
- 14 Apr 2012
- pain, surgery
three times a day, when my normal amount is 10 mg. How long before I become dependent on the 15 mg? Can I just go back to the 10 mg. without any problems? this is surgical pain, which my AH doc won't give me anymore meds for, but I have been able to put together enough for 15mg to last a few more weeks. By then I shouldn't need more, right? If you have fibro, chronic pain for over 17 years, surgeries hurt more, right? Or am I just a big wimp? I still can't drive because when my back hits the seat, I jump from the pain, so I sit in my recliner with lots of ice. Both docs told me that I had terrible muscle spasms around the incision in my spine, so I am on TWO muscle relaxers. BTW, can't take any NSAID's. I would bleed through my stomach if I did. Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated.
in my humble opinion, if you take more than usual you can always taper back down after your all healed up from the surgery. your body doesn't need all the added pain/stress, it should be allowed to use all your energy on the healing process comfortably as possible. Sleep is also a very very big component of healing so you need all you can get pain free. best wishes, mindy
gee msfino you were such a help to me i wish i could for you!! i never got hooked on pain meds and it sounds like a small increment for a such a short while. i wouldn't even worry. but that's me.
I think you'll be able to drop back once your pain is back to the normal level. You might feel a little more pain the first few days you are back to the 10's but it is only a 5mg difference so I dont think it will matter much. I normally take oxycodone 30's and I had to drop back to 20's for a few weeks when the 30's werent available and the 20's worked almost as well as the 30's. I didnt have any withdrawals at all.
Well the only thing i can relate to is all 17 plus of constant pain, with 9 knee surgeries & 3 pacemaker implants, but my most recent pacemaker implant was by far the worst bcuz of all the scar tissue, & the pain was awful. It was either due 2 scar tissue or age. Either way it HURT terribly & i got no pain meds, antibiotics, nuthin... so, i do believe it worsens w/ age & # of surgeries. I wish u luck & wud love if u keep me updated. Best wishes!
Hi Ellen! With the surgery you had as extensive as it was your are going to have more pain having fibro too. Give it at least six weeks with the extra pain pills, & that dang doc of yours better not cut you back either. That's just for your back pain (the SCS), not the rest of it, & you won't become addicted taking extra for the surgery pain. I don't believe that for a minute. When your surgery pain subsides some you should be able to cut back quite a bit. maybe you won't even need what you are prescribed! I went from 10mg of vicodint to 15 mg of oxycodone, & they give me enough for 6 times a day. I don't always have to take six, & usually don't. The vicodin wasn't strong enough to handle the pain I have, but the oxy does a much better job.
I get so busy now, I forget to take it on a 4 hour schedule because it works so much better I don't think to take it until the pain starts to get to me. You don't have an addictive bone in your body. Look how long it took me to recover from my thumb, & wrist surgery last year! I was eating them like candy back then, but when it got better I cut way back on them without a problem. I think you can do the same... Mary
Gurl, you are NO whimp!! I don't understand why you aren't on more pain meds, don't your doc's understand? God help them if they ever suffer from chronic pain with NO MEDS.
I feel for you E!!
hi msfino,you should ok going back down.and keep up with the muscle relaxers.the recliner is all you should be driving right now,you dont want to be in a car bouncing all around,ouch! and driving is def not in your future for a few more weeks.just think even if someone hit your car and they did a blood test you would be wrong no matter what.fibro makes everything hurt more and were all big wimps,but at least you can admit it. so for now ms fino, your grounded got it? catch up on all that stuff you been dying to watch on the teley... have a wonderful painfree day,thats if its possible right now.if its not down the hatch... lol... pete
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