What I am about to say shows how far the opoid fear has gone. As many of you know, I am a medical transcriptionist, well, I just finished a report on a woman who had back surgery...Guess what they sent her home on......TYLENOL, not with codeine, just plain ole Tylenol. That is just ridiculous and has me absolutely steaming. I have had back and neck surgery and know there is absolutely no way plain Tylenol is going to touch the pain she will go through. The poor patient was probably afraid to ask for anything, too, so as not to be labeled a drug seeker.
I'm absolutely speechless and scared! This reminds me of when I was a little girl and had the surgeries I had ( bilateral muscle transfers in my hips). They wouldn't give me anything stronger than tylenol, either. I was a child, but still. Nowadays, they prescribe morphine for kids, but back in the early 70s, it was looked down upon.
You're right, Sue! It's maddening that a Dr would prescribe tylenol to a patient straight from back surgery.
Be afraid; be very afraid!
-Born with Spina bifida
-Dxed with hydocephalus @ 3wks of age. Shunted with a V/A shunt since age 6.
-Dx'ed with unilateral hip dysplasia since age 6.
- Dx'ed with fibromyalgia in 2004
- Dx'ed Depression/GAD/PTSD since 2000
- Dex'ed * "Learning disabled"-age 9 "LD" translation: ADD and Dyslexia
- Dx'ed * IBS-C a few months ago
* I'm currently untreated with medication for the ADD and IBS-C. However, my current med regimen seems to help with my concentration. My IBS is managed through diet and softeners when needed.
Risperdal Consta 25mg
Lorcet 10mgs (PRN)
Xanax 2-6mgs (PRN for acute anxiety or panic attacks)
Flexeril 10mgs for muscle spasms and pain