couple weeks post op... what was your pain level?
on 11/3/20 11:06 am
I know everyone's pain level is different but on a scale from 1-10 what was your pain level post op? Idk if this is a weird question but what hurt more did the incisions hurt or did your stomach hurt. It's still difficult to cough or clear my throat but I know things get better. My pain level right now is about a 4-5, and everything is itchy from healing
So hard to gauge - I had zero pain after 24 hours. A little discomfort if I moved weird, but nothing that required any pain relief.
I found it hard to believe I had surgery until I got to eat solids and then I knew because I could eat so little.
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I don't recall any pain. I got out of surgery at 3:00 PM. I was up and walking the halls at 5:00 PM. I was on a pain pump the first 24 hours and if I felt any tinge of pain, I pressed the button.
They took the pump out the next day. I was not on any pain medication. A few days after I went home, I was on the treadmill and felt a crampy type pain in my left side. I called the surgeon and he thought it was a muscle that was healing. He prescribed a pain pill. I know I took them for one day and the pain went away and did not come back.
At first, I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, but I just got stronger and had more energy every day. The small incisions did not hurt and the only sensation I remember is the complete absence of hunger and how quickly I was full.
Real life begins where your comfort zone ends
Everyone's experience is completely different. You had MAJOR surgery just a couple of weeks ago. What you're describes sounds normal to me, but I'm neither the patient or the doctor. If you have ANY concerns call your surgeon's office and ask them these questions.
Janet in Leesburg
on 11/5/20 10:41 am
I think I am just being a baby. This is my first major surgery and I didn't quite know what to expect. I know I have an addictive personality (with food) and I've read about transferring so i haven't really taken pain meds. Maybe I am just being overly cautious aka big baby
I didn't have any discomfort after about 12 hours. After that, I only experienced pain if I ate too much or too quickly.
But I think a lot of it depends on how much they had to move your organs around during surgery, and any other repairs they had to make (like fixing a hernia, or removing your gallbladder). Some people end up with one incision that is painful when they move.
I think you should talk to your medical team to find out what's causing your pain, and to make sure that your recovery is going as expected. I don't think you're being a baby. Even if it's nothing serious, there may be something, e.g. a home remedy or prescribed medication, that would make you feel better. And although rare, there is the possibility of a complication, like a leak. Don't be shy about asking for help.
If you want to tell us what kind of pain you're experiencing (burning, aching, stinging?), where (at an incision point, in your throat, in your stomach?) and when (all the time, after you eat, on an empty stomach?), we may have more advice to offer.
on 11/5/20 10:42 am
insert Sarah Jessica Parker from Hocus Pocus, saying... "Just Lucky, I guess!", swinging my dress back and forth
on 11/20/20 12:13 am
It's been really bad. Which painkillers do you take to manage the pain?