I had my Gallbadder taken out, it was supposed to be out patient surgery, but I ended up having to to stay over night because my doctor failed to accurately address my CP issues. The morning of the surgery, they told me not to take my Oxycontin and Baclofen, ( I was just starting on the Baclofen at that time) anyway I take the Oxycontin at 6 AM and 6PM. So I did not take the 6AM dose, the surgery was to be at 9 AM, I didn't get into surgery till 1 PM, after coming out of anesthesia I was in extreme pain and they gave me Demerol which did nothing, I kept telling them what the problem was but they would not listen, and the Doctor decided that maybe something else was going on, so they decided to put me on a demerol pain pump and keep me over night. Since I was on the pain pump they said I could not have the 6pm Oxycontin. Well at 11PM they had to refill the pain pump, and from then on I was in misery I kept pressing the button, but no relief, I kept pressing the nurse button but no nurse. I even hollered down to them but no response. I was up sitting in bed all night long, with a full urninal that no one would come and empty! MY back hurt my gut hurt, as they also repaired a herniated belly button along with taking out my Gall badder! Anyway at 5AM the Nurse comes in and I VENTED big time, well she goes and tells me that I must not of been in to much pain because, I didn't use any of the Demerol in the pain pump since they changed it at 11PM, I told her I had been pressing the button all night long with no relief, and no nurse or aid to help me. She checked out the pump, and the injector was put in wrong and the pump wasn't working! She reconnected it properly, and she said the Doctor said as long as I was on the pain pump she was to hold my normal Oxycontin. But the dosage on the pump would not come close to equaling my dosage of Oxcontin, so I had increased pain with decreased pain med coverage.
My advice, address this issue in advance with your Pain Specialist and ask him to address it to the surgeon, as my pain doctor was highly upset about
my treatment, and the lack of adquate pain management by the surgeon! Most Doctors don't know how to adequately handle or treat patients that are being treated for Chronic Pain. So you have to be your own advocate,
Good Luck to You
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on ful disalbility!
Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)
Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV