Home from hospital,still trying to stop smoking ,I'm sore but Ibelive the surgery worked!

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   Posted 10/6/2011 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Well ,everyone was right the rib removed is very painful!I belive the surgery worked somewhat as my wrist pain is gone ,the shoulder and elbow alot better and the icecoldness only happened 2times.I feel the pain in other areas ,so Ibelive in time and with physio,Ishould be doing alot better!I'm taking more pain meds now,its only been 1week home and Ihave so little energy.Iam also stopped smoking ,on the patch,this is so tough but Iknow for myself Imust do it!Wow surgery like this is very hard on the body ,I had a herna surgery afew yrs ago and was better in aweek!I will be needing alot more resting with this surgery ,Itold 2or so months ? I will try my hardest to recover,also weening of the oxy ,Iwas told Ihave to switch to the instant release pills ,instead of 12hr ones? I'm still in lots of pain just a different kind of pain.I sure hope its not hard to get off oxy ,I heard stories ,but Iam strong willed at times and don't like the way meds make me feel ,so Ihope it goes smoothly! take care everyone ,I'm off to rest now. from Michele

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   Posted 10/6/2011 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
So glad to see that you are home!

Take it easy and do what the doctors tell you to do.

It appears that the surgury was a success, that is great Michele
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   Posted 10/6/2011 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Michele Welcome back. It's good to hear that you're feeling better after the surgery. It sounds like they're wanting to ween you off the extended release meds pretty quick. I have had my gallbladder taken out about 12 years ago and I had a tonsillectomy at 112, so I haven't had a surgery like you've had, but that sounds really soon. I'm not a dr though. I wish you a lot of good luck with stopping smoking. I've heard it will slow the healing down, so it's great that you are fighting it. Take care. Be careful.

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   Posted 10/7/2011 5:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Michele, I was on oxycontin for over a year 30mg every 8 hrs. When I decided to stop using narcotics my PM doctor started lowering my dose by 10mg each month and if I felt things were ok I started just using it every 12hrs. It took 3 months to convince my body that it didn't need it, yes I was physically dependent. I also could use my oxycodone during this time if I did start having some withdrawl symptoms. Hopefully your doctors don't try to make your reductions too fast.

I'm sure the surgery is making you very sore with the rib being removed but looks like you've had some good signs of it working already. Take it easy!!

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   Posted 10/7/2011 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Michele, so glad you are home! I sure hope you are healing good. I bet you are sore, not an easy thing to go through! I hear what you are saying about surgery being hard on the body...I feel like I am still recovering and I am a month post op.

Good luck with quitting smoking, that is the next thing on my list too. It's so hard to do but it sounds like you have a good jump start. Glad you posted, been thinking of you. Keep letting us know how you are when you can. Take care.
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