Does anyone have a suggestion for finding a post shoulder surgery sleeping position that doesn't raise pain to agony?
As usual, I wasn't happy with anesthesia. One of several aggravations this time was because of too much something, maybe fentanyl, that gave me uncontrolled nausea even after the max allowed doses of Zofran and Phenergan. Fortunately I had a little paregoric with me! I will ask for the intra-operative report. Then there was the .2 mg dose of dilaudid that was supposed to take care of any pain in recovery.
The docs all left before I was awake, so didn't talk to me, even anesthesiologist! They only told dil that I was awake. The Rx to go home with was 5mg Vicodin. For a chronic pain patient? I was SO mad, couldn't even ask anyone for something else since they were gone for the day. At least I had my regular pain pills at home! That or spend $50 and find a ride to the ER at midnight when the nerve block wore off. I called this morning and got a scrip for Percocet, 2 pills at a time. It was still a 30 mile round trip for dil and 3 little kids.
The pain is tolerable on Percocet while standing, but since the block wore off, I haven't found any combination of meds, my regular scrips from PCP and pain doc included, or any position on couch, recliner, pillows, with or without sling, that keep the level 8 stabs from the biceps tendon area under control enough to sleep. I called the surgeon's nurse, and she told me it will get better in a few days. I wonder if the biceps tendon was even repaired. I only got some pics of bone shaving. Not allowed to ask until appointment in 10 days.
Small additional annoyance - a LOT of info on my chart is wrong. Lists me as taking Percocet, which I don't, several others, several allergies I don't have, lots of conditions wrong too.