Oh Boater! This has always been one of my greatest fears. I just addressed a similar, but less serious problem regarding upcoming dental surgery. I'm already on 40mgs of Oxycontin with 10mgs Norco for breakthrough and this just barely keeps my pain tolerable. There is no way I would be able to get through the pain of this surgery with the level of pain meds I have now, and I know darn well that my Dentist isn't going to address the issue. I scheduled an appt with my PM and he told me to double the Norco dose and gave me a script
for Dilaudid in addition. Now I'm confident hat I'll be able to get through this. Before I saw him, I was really worried about
how much pain I'd be in, because this is not an optional procedure. I HAVE to have this surgery.
I have been in situations in the past where I didn't get the type of Pain Mgmt that I needed and since I began these kinds of meds, I've frequently worried about
what would happen if some unexpected accident/illness had me hospitalized where my PM doesn't have privileges. There are so many hospitals in my area that there's no knowing which one I might end up in!
I was left in agony after my last two surgeries - a tonsilectomy and removal of a 2.5 LITER ovarian cyst. I don't ever want to be in that kind of pain again.
So, I can really understand your concern. I think that you need to discuss the situation with both your surgeona nd PM Doc and have them agree to work together to make sure that you get an adequate level of post-op pain relief. I'd also schedule an appt with the PM Doc for just after your expected release from the hospital so that he can address your out-patient needs.
Although I also have Crohn's and have had several surgeries for assorted other things, I've never had a resection, so I can't really tell you much about
what to expect. I hope all goes well for you.
Keah a.k.a. Wormy
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