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   Posted 7/14/2009 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
How long have people been on pain meds? I feel as though when I called into my surgeons office today that they thought that was just awful that I needed pain meds. Im not a druggie...I was never on pain meds before but I really do hurt. Maybe I went back to work to soon but my job doesnt require lifting and isnt too physical. I am 5 weeks post op today of have my sigmoid colon removed and an end colostomy put in and an ileostomy take down. Should I be off pain meds by now?

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   Posted 7/14/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   

I don't know if you had an open or lap surgery but mine was open and I think I took pain meds for about 3 mos; not around the clock but a couple a day.  I went back to wrk after six weeks full-time.  I think it depends on each person and their healing, I know my surgeons office said they would only give me so many pills the last time I called for them so they are quite strick about it.  If you can, try to take tylenol or something like that in between to see if that will help then you can switch over.

I wish you the best and continued healing,


spleen/appendix/gall bladder-removed/endometriosis/complete hysterectomy at 29/sinus surgery/numerous allergies & asthma/chronic kidney stones/ pancreatitis 3x's/2 knee surgeries-now need replacement/bunion & 2 neuroma surgeries/shoulder surgery w/ pins-which also froze following surgery/severe adhesions & scar tissue-stomach to chest-liver to ribs-colon to pelvis/severe IBS w/ constipation/subtotal colectomy 7/08/ c difficile
Am now down from 17 meds a day to 8 and VERY healthy:)
There's always hope and things will get better :)

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   Posted 7/14/2009 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I felt like I have been on pains meds a long time too, but looking back it really wasnt that long. I think I was still taking t3 though at 6 weeks. It took me a little longer to get off of sleeping pills. I think you have to listen to your body, pain is pain and these are not easy surgeries. Sue

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   Posted 7/14/2009 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Pain is pain. Everyone heals at a different pace, and doctors should be empathetic towards that. A lot of them are not and if you find one that is, Hang On to Them. The only thing I can say is to have a talk with the doctor, not just the nurses (tho nurses do a great job - don't take me wrong), but sometimes a good face to face with the doctor is called for. Best of luck to you. BTW, taking tylenol in between doses is a good idea -- So long as it isn't for a long period of time. And it won't be for post op pain, it just takes time.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
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   Posted 7/15/2009 1:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I too hate drugs, especially ones that make you feel like you're not in control of your body. I barely used the pain pump while in the hospital. I went to percocet on day 3 after surgery and only took at most 4 a day for 2 weeks. I used tylenol and took half doses of pain pills to become less dependent on them. Week 3 and I only took a half a percocet today. Good luck.
31 years old + married with children.
Ulcerative Colitis cause: In early 2003 I took Accutane for 4 months, permanent side effect resulted in 1 year of abdominal cramping and bloody stools.
May 2004: Diagnosed with Left sided UC (should have never taken the dangerous drug known as Accutane).
May 2004- May 2009: Prednisone, Asacol and others meds that did not work well-Remicade was great for 16 months then stopped working.
May 8th-June 24 2009: Pancolitis- active chronic 2 month flare up.
June 24th 2009: elective colectomy/ileostomy at Barnes/Washington University.
August 2009: planned rectum removal and j-pouch construction.
October-November 2009: planned Reversal.
Summary: 5 years of suffering from Ulcerative Colitis, Anxiety and depression.

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   Posted 7/15/2009 2:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm still taking mine and my surgery was May 20th-ish... But I am taking them to sleep- its not really working. I think I need to switch to sleeping pills before I really get stuck on pain meds.
UC (Pancolitis... 90%!) December 2001
Arthritis (2003)
Upper GI Ulcer (2006)
Osteopenia (2008)
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   Posted 7/15/2009 5:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Having gone back to work so soon probably isn't helping your pain...I agree w/Peggy, talk to your doc directly if you are having a hard time with his staff. I've also had to ask for more pain meds and it does make you second guess yourself...but everyone does heal differently.

Just remember, if you are taking a prescription that contains tylenol, watch the total tylenol you take daily, that has its own problems!!

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   Posted 7/15/2009 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
FYI, be careful if you take Tylenol that your pain meds don't also have acetominaphin in them. Taking just a little bit over the max dose can cause a lot of liver damage.
47 yr old female, dx'd UC April 27, 2006; mild arthritis in lower back, dx'd May 2008; Osteopenia dx'd 6/08 Achieved almost-remission mid October 2008 (rectum still inflamed)

16 Remicade infusions, current scheduled every 6 weeks: 1st: 7/21/07; most recent: 6/06/09; Current meds & supplements: Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Xanax as needed (rarely); Rowesa and/or Canasa; multivitamin w/folate; Culturelle; Fish oil capsules, calcium chews and/or Tums; Vitamin D;

Past meds: Prednisone 4/06-4/08; Entocourt EC; Asacol; Colazal; Venofer (iron) injections Dec '07; Imuran (extremely bad reaction 2/07); Protonix; Lexipro

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 7/15/2009 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your suggestions. I dont like taking them but I am cramping so so so bad I dont know what to do. So far they havent called me in anything. I have tried advil, aleve, and tylenol and it doesnt seem to kick it.

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   Posted 7/18/2009 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Cramping vs. Pain ... Bentyl is good for cramping. Do some research and see if your doctor would be willing to try this drug. If you can stop the cramping, maybe that would alleviate your pain as well. Just a thought...
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 8/20/2009 3:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Im only a week in to my new illiostomy, however, Ive been on pain meds for about 4 months because of the flare up that lead to this procedure. Im already feeling like I can get myself off the pain meds within a month or two.

As a note though, doctors are trained to be compassionate. Ask your PCP to refer to you Pain Management. He should do that for you, and they will help. Thats what they train in specifically.

Prior to surgery I went to a pain managment and they prescribed a standard amount of daily pain medicine, with very strict usuage. (If you abuse it, you lose it). They also gave me a steroid epidural that really helped.

So my final 2 cents. If your in pain, you dont have to live with it. Just try not to get hooked. I dont beleive Im hooked (cause I have no joy in taking them), but I know after 4 months my body is dependent and its gonna take work to quit taking it.

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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 8/30/2009 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,

Had Colonstomy and Rectum removal 7 weeks ago. Was on morphine in hospital for 6 days. Had kidney problems on day 3 due to scar tissue problems. Went home on day 10 and have not needed any meds.

In Dec08 I had surgery and was in hospital for only 6 days and left without needing any meds.

I guess my surgeons and doctors did a good job.

I am a Kaiser Permanente patient in San Francisco.
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