How long did you need your comfort pills? (painkillers)

Discussion in 'Polls' started by drpepperholik, Jul 15, 2007.

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So how long? (On average if you've had more than 1 PC)

  1. They give you those? or I'm brave and took none.

    15 vote(s)
    18.3%
  2. 1 to 2 days

    9 vote(s)
    11.0%
  3. 3 to 4 days

    7 vote(s)
    8.5%
  4. 5 to 6 days

    5 vote(s)
    6.1%
  5. 6 to 7 days

    5 vote(s)
    6.1%
  6. Longer than 1 week.

    41 vote(s)
    50.0%
  1. drpepperholik

    drpepperholik New Member

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    So I'm curious how long you needed your lifeline (AKA: pain meds) before you could sever the connection. I so don't want to get addicted but I also don't want any pain. So I'm on day 4 of a flare up and take mine when I remember (if I'm in a good position where I don't hurt I forget about the pain until I have to move) if I'm awake. Hopefully tomorrow will be the last day for the pain meds. Since the antibiotics are starting to work the pain has decreased.
     
  2. DamnPC

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    no meds

    I had closed surgery and almost no pain before or after.
    During the entire time I took a painkiller only once - about a week after surgery, a day before my stitches were removed.
     
  3. BigRed1

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    Just a comment on pain meds: Dr.s are scared of Narcotics not because you might get addicted if you take them for pain, but because there are too many people out there that aren't in pain that just eat the pills.

    I have been on lortab 10/500's for about 3 years, have to take 6 of 'em a day, due to the fact that I have posterior horn meniscal inflammation: I tore some cartalidge, and I refuse to stop running for the couple of months that it would take to heal up.

    When I had my pilo surg yestarday morning, I told the Doc this, he had to give me much more pain meds than a normal guy due to my high tolerance for the drug, which made him very weird for a little bit...finally I asked him this: Will I become addicted? nope...my pain level matches the amount of the narcotic that I ingest. If I take the pill until I get a buzz and keep taking them will I get addicted? Very possibly, given time.

    The Docs are scared because addicts and junkies are a liability. So the folks in pain suffer. Too many folks are scared to take the drugs that would help improve their quality of life...

    just a thought..would like to see a thread on it, I have a lot of opinion in this area, considering the amount of physical abuse I have put my body through what with the running and the sports and the other injuries...pain is something that I am used to, but something I refuse to life with...
     
  4. Blackrose

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    I find it weird that my doc is too scared to give me pain meds but she has no problem giving me Valium and sleeping pills which are very addictive.

    The pain pills she subscribed for my flair ups were the equivalent to what the give old people for arthritis.

    For my surgery and after healing my surgeon gave me T3's.

    I have a very high tolerance for pain pills and would be lucky if a T3 could even cure a headache. I have to take them 3 at a time.

    Lucky for me my dentist is the opposite and gives me 60 percocet for a root canal and I only needed five.

    Thats the health care system for you.
     
  5. ZapRowsdower

    ZapRowsdower New Member

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    They gave me painkillers after surgery, but I don't remember ever taking them. My mom might have made me take them once not long after the surgery, but that was it. I wasn't really in pain throughout the day, just brief moments when the dressing was coming off from time to time or if the area was struck by something.

    I'm not trying to come off as Mr. tough guy though. When the doctor had to cut the wound back open from time to time so it could heal properly, I definitely had some tears going.

    Prior to surgery, the only thing I was given by a doctor were antibiotics. Really by the time the PC was finally diagnosed it wasn't long before surgery, so there wasn't much of a chance to be given medication for the pain.
     
  6. Crystal

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    I was given T3's with codeine after my unroofing. Although your not supposed to take them for long I was allowed to have them for just over 2 weeks. They got me to advil after that.
    ->not as effective but at least they did something.:confused:
     
  7. Kristen

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    Oh, dear God. I can't even remember what they gave me post-op, but I can tell you it was powerful as all get out. I have very low pain-tolerance, so I had to follow a very strict pain-killer regimen. If I didn't get another pill by the time the other wore off, I would wake up screaming in pain. They did a kind of layered approach for me though, to keep from organ damage. One heavy pain-killer, then a lesser one. Back and forth. I'm pretty sure during the course of this cyst and it's recurrences and flare ups, I've had nearly every pain killer in the book.

    With my flare ups and with my recurrence now, I'm trying to avoid any pain killers. I only take them if I cannot sleep, and try to avoid them before work/at work/etc. I focus my concentration on other things to keep from taking any, but I know when I go in for my second surgery, I'm going to be sucking those pills down like candy for a few weeks afterwards.
     
  8. Cathy

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    I am still on them a year later. I only take it once a day.
     
  9. meganmegan

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    I was given 30 pills of Dilaudid.
    I took it ONCE- and that was enough for me. High as a kite, and thought I was going to throw up.

    I couldn't take it any longer and then went to T3's. Way better! Had to take stool softerer with them also though hahaha.
     
  10. rkatt

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    I am on day 5 of recovery and still taking them, so I will submit to the poll when I feel like I can safely stop taking them without too much discomfort. Due to constipation problems I took 1 day off the meds and that worked to get my system back into motion but now I am a bit extra sore.... so I am back on them. The dressing change this morning was the most painful yet due to the lack of drugs in my system.
     
  11. rkatt

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    Alright 1 month and 5 days counting since my operation (open excision) -- I stopped taking the narcotic pills around 2 weeks, maybe a bit longer... I am now only taking ibuprofen for the purpose of keeping the swelling down, not so much for pain... the anti-inflammatory keeps the gauze changes easy.
     
  12. Warren T

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    Didn't have a need for painkillers, my entire buttocks has been a pain-free environment for many years now, lucky me? Or the start of something serious? We will never know!
     
  13. Vidaruth

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    I got surgery on a Friday and didn't take anything on the Monday after. I hated the way they made me feel. I was nauseous and tired.
     
  14. Nicatnite12

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    I guess I have a low pain tolerance, I have spinal issues so I am RX Norco 7.5 and the surgeon only gave me 10mg and I have 6 stitches and I'm all swollen and suffering today, he only gave me enough for 3 a day, not enough. I'm on day 5 but I think I'm actually worse off today due to my doing to much yesterday, my bad, I'm going to take it easy today.
     

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