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It normally takes me 3 months to go through my 60 count of Norco (I have them because my back is fussed from T2-T12). I went through 1 bottle the month after surgery. The pain in my shoulder from the gas used during surgery was so bad for 3 weeks. The pain lasted longer then any other gas pain I had from any of the abdomen surgeries when the gas was used.

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Watz pane mehdz?

Just kidding. I feel I have a low tolerance for incision-type pain, but a high irrational fear of narcotic addiction. I took Hycet for less than a week - I think 2 to 3 days. I still have some pain, but I just deal with it. My back's been hurting for years, bulges in L4-L5 and L5-S1, spinal stenosis, etc...

If you are worried about pain, you could always try a TENS device. I have one and it works wonders when my spine and I are having a disagreement :)

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Took liquid Tylenol the first 2 nights home only to sleep. That’s it .

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In the hospital ask for 1000mg of tylenol in IV form, it works great. They sent me home with liquid hydrocodone and I never used it. I only used luquid tylenol and only for a couple days. The worst pain was the site that they pulled the stomach out from - because of the nerves there and the 'tugging' to extract, but it recovers pretty quickly.

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8 hours ago, kingcake said:

How long did you take pain meds after surgery?

I only had like 10 pills, so I only took them when I absolutely needed to, which, really was only when I had issues sleeping.

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I didn't take anything other than Tylenol after discharge for surgery related pain.

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2 Days

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I took them 2-3 days. But then periodically for the first month I needed to take a half dose when I had a rough day - usually because I overdid it on days I was feeling better and then would be sore and have trouble sleeping. I tried to use liquid tylenol but it made me very nauseous. Once I didn't need the strong pain meds I ended up switching to regular old tylenol pills (surgeon approved).

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For me almost 2 weeks. I use it every so often now when one of my incisions is giving me grief. I went though almost 2 bottles of Tylenol 3 (Codeine), and I also had muscle relaxants available. Also took some Gas X cause of the incredible amount of gas pain in my left shoulder.

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I used liquid roxicodone for like a week and really regretted it. I went to the ER for constipation. :48_weary:

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That happened to me after mylast,knee replacement February 2017. Oh it took,a bunch,of interventions, got better but,my,PCP, drat him, put on,my chart Opiod induced constipation, now that will,follow me all the rest of my life.

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Fat-shaming and opioid-shaming have a lot in common.

With fat shaming, people imply that somehow you're not trying hard enough to lose weight, or that you're "taking the easy way out" by getting weight-loss surgery...

Opioid-shaming isn't much different.

"I have pain and I don't have to take those drugs." or "Aren't you afraid of becoming addicted to pain-killers?"

I've stopped explaining. It's futile. People assume that my pain is their pain. They're convinced that because they have a "high tolerance" for pain, no pain could conceivably be bad enough to touch them. After all, people who take opiates for pain must have no willpower or they're "just taking the easy way out".

Chronic pain is not acute pain. Both can be severe, but generally, acute pain has a beginning and an end. Not so with chronic way. It lives with you. It sleeps with you. It gives you the finger all day long.

No one on this thread said anything that I would consider offensive. That's not why I'm on this rant. Sometimes you just have to vent. Triggers happen. It doesn't help that I'm also in a semi-fragile state from recently having bypass surgery.

I used to feel the same way as most other people seem to feel about opioid pain-killers. Heck, I remember when I refused to take even aspirin. Fortunately, chronic pain wasn't a part of my life for most of my life, including during my four pregnancies or while lactating. I'm thankful for that at least.

Yes, I take opiates. And not just any old opiate. I take morphine. About 350mg per day. I also take oxycodone for breakthrough pain. If you don't know what breakthrough pain is, that's the pain that the morphine can't control. Some days, even my breakthrough pain medication doesn't help. And those are my good days. (Sarcasm).

This is why I dread places like the ER. I'm a woman. I'm fat, and I take opiates, which translates into:

"An attention-seeking, drug-seeking hypochondriac who needs to lose weight." (Some of you may have heard me say this.)

My rant isn't actually over, but I am. I haven't slept (once again) and it's almost 4:50 am. Tomorrow I hope to consume more than 250 calories, try to drink at least half of what I need, and get in at least 20-30g of protein! :)

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3 hours ago, Missouri-Lee's Summit said:

Fat-shaming and opioid-shaming have a lot in common.

With fat shaming, people imply that somehow you're not trying hard enough to lose weight, or that you're "taking the easy way out" by getting weight-loss surgery...

Opioid-shaming isn't much different.

"I have pain and I don't have to take those drugs." or "Aren't you afraid of becoming addicted to pain-killers?"

I've stopped explaining. It's futile. People assume that my pain is their pain. They're convinced that because they have a "high tolerance" for pain, no pain could conceivably be bad enough to touch them. After all, people who take opiates for pain must have no willpower or they're "just taking the easy way out".

Chronic pain is not acute pain. Both can be severe, but generally, acute pain has a beginning and an end. Not so with chronic way. It lives with you. It sleeps with you. It gives you the finger all day long.

No one on this thread said anything that I would consider offensive. That's not why I'm on this rant. Sometimes you just have to vent. Triggers happen. It doesn't help that I'm also in a semi-fragile state from recently having bypass surgery.

I used to feel the same way as most other people seem to feel about opioid pain-killers. Heck, I remember when I refused to take even aspirin. Fortunately, chronic pain wasn't a part of my life for most of my life, including during my four pregnancies or while lactating. I'm thankful for that at least.

Yes, I take opiates. And not just any old opiate. I take morphine. About 350mg per day. I also take oxycodone for breakthrough pain. If you don't know what breakthrough pain is, that's the pain that the morphine can't control. Some days, even my breakthrough pain medication doesn't help. And those are my good days. (Sarcasm).

This is why I dread places like the ER. I'm a woman. I'm fat, and I take opiates, which translates into:

"An attention-seeking, drug-seeking hypochondriac who needs to lose weight." (Some of you may have heard me say this.)

My rant isn't actually over, but I am. I haven't slept (once again) and it's almost 4:50 am. Tomorrow I hope to consume more than 250 calories, try to drink at least half of what I need, and get in at least 20-30g of protein! :)

Original poster was referring to acute pain post operatively after surgery....not sure how this helps answer the posters question.

Hope you feel better today.

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