Hi everyone, I have been working hard to follow all your great advice, and guess what! I am doing better!
I had my first post-op appointment with my surgeon's PA on Monday. They took my stitches out, which was such a relief. They were really tight, as he used one long continuous stitch. They put steri-strips over my incision and told me not to get near water before Thursday.
He told me that we were gonna keep my long-acting med (OxyContin 20 mg every 12 hours) in place. He did want me to start tapering down on oxycodone, my surgeon right after surgery had said I could take 15mg every 3 hours, which I didn't really need to do for very long. As of Monday, I was probably taking 2 5mg tablets every 4-6 hours.
He doesn't want me to take more than 10 5mg tablets over each day. Then, after every 3-4 days, he wants me to cut this amount by another 5mg tablet. He said I wouldn't even feel the step down this way.
He wanted me to stop taking the 50mg nucynta every 6 hours as needed that my surgeon prescribed. He seemed taken aback that my surgeon had prescribed this, as if his other patients hadn't been on this. I'm sure that is probably the case, because I had told my surgeon how well nucynta had worked for me in the past. He was prescribing it to me leading up to my surgery.
He cut the lyrica and flexeril to only bedtime doses. I felt really bad Tuesday, and maybe that was because of my body being used to all this medicine, and me cutting it down a bit.
Today (Wednesday) I feel kinda ok, but dummy me, I completely forgot my noon dosage of OxyContin and at 3pm, I was reaching for more oxycodone, and I realized my mistake! Geez. It is now after 5pm, and I am feeling better since taking my OxyContin at 3. I can see that my body is really used to these meds...
I am hoping that I will be okay with his plan, and I will call my surgeon if I am having too much pain. I am scheduled to see him on October 8 for my 6 week checkup.
I can really tell that the chronic left side pain is really better!!! But to be honest, I have mostly been a couch potato since I came home from the hospital. YaY, Praise The Lord!!
I still hurt if I move around too much, but I am trying to stay positive..and move a little more each day. My goal is to be able to deal with the ~4 hour trip to our cabin, and also to be able to do some minor housekeeping, like unloading the dishwasher...which is way too painful to do right now.
One of the most painful things prior to my surgery was folding clothes! Just holding the t shirts in front of me and folding them was sooo painful to me. I will attempt to do this in small increments, but I do want to try to do a few things.
What do y'all think of the tapering plan? Does it sound reasonable to you? Happy Hump Day to you all, and I wish you all a good rest of your week! Judy
Post Edited (poplargrove) : 9/10/2014 3:39:06 PM (GMT-6)