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Old 18-05-2012, 10:28 PM
amanda82 amanda82 is offline
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Hi Everyone, just wanting to hear about other peoples experiences with post op pain, how long did it last? we are day 7 and still having a fair bit of pain and plenty of pain meds, is this ok? they have discharged us from hospital now and just worry the pain is going to be to much to manage at home
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Old 19-05-2012, 06:26 AM
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Everyones pain is different. I went off the meds around 2 1/2 weeks but I was lucky. Take the meds regularly when they are due, dont let the pain escalate or then it will be hard to control. Always ring the Dr if things get out of hand, thats their job to prevent pain from becoming too much
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Old 19-05-2012, 08:37 AM
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You may feel better knowing that I was on my meds for 7 months! Like Rosie said, keep up the pain control as it enables the body to rest. It seems quite normal for medication to last for about six weeks or more, sometimes less. I wouldn't worry too much, but keep in touch with the specialist or GP.
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Old 19-05-2012, 11:17 AM
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Hi I agree with Rosie and Christine. I was on my pain medication tramadol and panadeine for about 3 months . Then whenever I felt I needed it . Listen to your body. All the best Kathy
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Old 21-05-2012, 12:41 PM
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Its a tough one to gauge as everyone is different. I had spinal fusion T5-T12 9 weeks ago and I was on pain meds (endone, oxycontin and panadol) until week 5 and just oxy in week 6 when I weened off it. I found the withdrawals were the difficult part - experiencing night sweats and restlessness. I ended up having to go on sleeping tablets for a few nights as I just couldnt get any sleep! Definately keep in touch with your surgeon if you are unsure, as I made the mistake of trying to come off my medication much sooner than the 5 week mark (I tried at around 3 weeks when I ran out of a perscription) and experienced a lot of pain that I shouldn't have had to put up with!!

Good luck and rest up x
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Old 31-05-2012, 10:15 PM
Rodverta Braefusion Rodverta Braefusion is offline
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I quit my Endones on day 15 post-op. In comparison to the days before surgery, I would say that my 'pain' was more like discomfort. Give it time.
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Old 03-07-2012, 04:34 PM
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I found that the morphine pump (not sure technical name) was removed too soon after my lumbar correction/fusion in 2010 and I was reluctant to take the Endone that was offered at the hospital as I'd heard there could be awful side effects (my GP explained later that those severe reactions usually happen to the elderly). Anyway, because of my lack of information about this I put up with far more pain than was necessary. After complaining about the pain, my specialist actually told the nurses to put me back on the morphine (I think that was post op day 3) which I stayed on for another day or so. I was released from hospital after a week and saw my GP for pain management. At first she was reluctant to put me on Endone as I gather she'd had other patients who had trouble coming off this strong medication. When Panandeine Forte, Tramal etc didn't do enough I returned to the GP with my husband for support. I then used Endone for a week or so keeping in mind my GP's warning about how difficult it is to come off if used for a prolonged period.

There seemed to be so much more post op pain compared to my last major spinal surgery in 1969 (when I was 13). If I ever need another surgery (i'm hoping not) i will be more assertive about what I need and also encourage my husband to be more assertive as well if I'm feeling too unwell to communicate effectively eg during my night in ICU. Hope that information helps anyone with questions about pain. I felt very alone at the time and wish there had been a forum like this to talk with.
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:20 PM
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Hi gals,

This one is really difficult, as I think comparing adults to children is like apples and oranges, when it comes to bounce-back and medication? It would be interesting to hear what the kids think? Our daughter is too young for forums/facebook and I wouldnt encourage that, but maybe the older girls whove been through it could guage? In older, I mean the spring chickens who are lovely and straight, as Amandas niece is only 12.

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Old 10-07-2012, 04:05 PM
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thanks everyone for your replies, my niece is off all pain meds and has been for some time now & is back at school and doing almost everything she did pre op, it just amazes me the courage and determination of kids, they really are so resilient
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