So, I love my new GI and all the perks that come with a bigger hospital and more research availabilites and such. But, he is NOT good about pain control. I am NOT one to take pain meds. I'm not one to take any meds on an "as needed" basis unless I REALLY need them. With this DD, I've been to the ER maybe 4 or 5 times in 3 years total. Mainly due to dehydration and mainly (if not always) because it was after hours and the little clinics they have would of sent me to the hospital anyway.
Anyway, my questions..
How lenient about pain meds is your GI? Do they give them fairly freely? I'm not talking much. I primarily get Norcos, sometimes Loratabs.
When they give them, how many do they usually give? I usually only get 20pills at a time and it always requires authorization to refill. My last hospital stay, I got 3 refills, but the doc knew I'd need them after being on Dilaudid for a week (this was a different GI then my primary GI).
I'm nervous because I'm down to maybe 4 Norcos. I don't so much need more then one a day at most, but I'm down to 2 weeks until the trial starts and I'm realizing that I could easily need more pain meds to get through the next few weeks. Even just gas passing through my intestines is painful. Sometimes it's sharp and stabbing and then goes away. I'll be having a CT in a few weeks, so we'll see how it all looks. But, anyway, for me, just KNOWING the pain meds are in the cabinet helps me cope with it a bit better...
Am I nuts? Does your family doc give them out? I'm considering getting a pain management doc, as I'm a little apprehensive my family doc will issue them. She's a bit conservative, though very informative and very on top my Crohn's (she checks my charts and asks about me when I'm in for my daughter's appointments -very thorough, she found the fissure that led to the dx nearly 3 years ago), but I know she might not be comfortable issuing pain meds to me. I could call my surgeon, but the nurses are VERY difficult to deal with. I just don't know where to turn...what to do... I do have some Xanax which has certainly helped calm me down during the nights and I have Ambien CR if I know I'm going to get a good nights rest, I take one of those and it usually helps keep me asleep and "calms" my gut.
Just wondering others thoughts on this... Thanks!
Kaycie - Age: 26
Crohn's - Dx Nov 05
Failed Remicade, moving onto a Clinical Trial called ABT-874 - Tentative start date - 10/2/08 - 10/16/08 - Infusion, every 4 weeks.
IVF #1 (In-Vitro Fertilization) - Failed
IVF #2 - IVIg, Heparin, Baby Aspirin - TWIN GIRLS!!!
Reagan Dawn - 8/2/07 - Lived 1 hour 27 minutes due to Cloaca, NOT affiliated with my Crohn's
Addison Maria - 8/2/07 - 13 months old