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Author Topic: Back Surgery < 24 Hours--wish me luck  (Read 10062 times)

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Offline Christine

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Re: Back Surgery < 24 Hours--wish me luck
« Reply #50 on: March 14, 2007, 11:52:18 AM »
Hi Rab,
Good to hear you are well, and recovering at home. Remember pain pills can be our friends! :)

Christine
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Re: Back Surgery < 24 Hours--wish me luck
« Reply #51 on: March 14, 2007, 03:39:54 PM »
WOW RAB!

That was quick! I'm so glad you were able to go home so soon after the op. I hope Damned Fool is waiting on you hand and foot and if he ain't, just let me know. I've got my whip ready to go! ;D

I hope things keep going on this fantastic upward trajectory for you. Still sending the good stuff your way - with extra for Damned Fool to make sure he's got the energy to keep up with you.  :-*

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Ann
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Offline RAB

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Re: Back Surgery < 24 Hours--wish me luck
« Reply #52 on: March 15, 2007, 10:18:23 AM »
Morning Everyone

So the surgery went well, and I got to come home Tuesday.  Other than the 3 hour delay before the surgery started the hospital stay was pretty uneventful and I got really good care.

Unfortunately something went wrong Tuesday night.  Before they would agree to let me leave the hospital, they wanted to make sure I could adequately control the pain using oral medication vs the Morphine. 

I was given two doses of 15 mg or Oxycodone in the hospital and nothing bad happened.  The last dose was given at 2:00 p.m. when I was discharged. 

Tuesday night, at 8:00 p.m. I took the next dose of 10 mg of Oxycodone, at approximately 10:00 p.m. I woke up having what now appears to have been an allergic reaction.  (Although it seem strange to me the reaction didn't happen right away when they gave me the higher dose in the hopsital.)

I was itching all over, my body was flushed, I had chronic hiccups (though that may have been the anesthesia), and I had a horrible rash in my groin and upper legs.  I was groggy but had a racing mind, which was causing insomnia.

Yesterday was pretty much a blur, cause I had to stop the pain medication until I could get some further instruction from the surgeon. Who unfortunately was in surgery all day and unavailable.

Finally, I called my regular doctor who suggested pre-treating with Benadryl and maybe switching from the Oxycodone back to the Vicodin (which has oxycodone in it but is somehow more tolerable)

I did that last night, only taking equivalent of 5 mg of Oxycodone (in the Vicodin) and again at 4:00 a.m. this morning.  The flush is gone, the itch is nearly gone, the rash will take time.  Unfortunately the dosage is not adequate enough to control the pain.  So I'll have to try and get some different advice today.

But it is much better than taking nothing.

Thanks everyone for you well wishes here, in the pm s, calls, and emails. 

My intuition is telling me that once I can get through this post surgical pain (which is clearly different than what I was dealing with before) I feel it will become clear that this was really the right choice.

With deep appreciation,

RAB

Offline Ann

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Re: Back Surgery < 24 Hours--wish me luck
« Reply #53 on: March 15, 2007, 10:50:39 AM »
RAB sweetie, sorry to hear you went and got yourself all itchy! I sure hope you get some better pain control and soon. Have you tried dihydrocodeine? That's pretty much just codeine without all the extra stuff they put in the others.

At least you didn't have to go back to the hospital. Fingers, toes, legs, arms and eyes all duly crossed that you get sorted out properly.

Hang in there mate!  :-*

Hugs,
Ann
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Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

Offline RapidRod

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Re: Back Surgery < 24 Hours--wish me luck
« Reply #54 on: March 15, 2007, 12:04:59 PM »
Hang in there Rocky, things will soon be better. Just don't over do it.

Rodney

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Re: Back Surgery < 24 Hours--wish me luck
« Reply #55 on: March 15, 2007, 08:05:45 PM »
Try not to worry, know its frustrating and difficult right now, hope it sorts itself out soon.
Take care of yourself
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Offline Longislander

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Re: Back Surgery < 24 Hours--wish me luck
« Reply #56 on: March 15, 2007, 08:21:07 PM »
sorry to hear about the reaction, hopefully it will all clear up~
relax as much as you can and don't do anything foolish ::)!
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Offline et in arcadia ego

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Re: Back Surgery < 24 Hours--wish me luck
« Reply #57 on: March 17, 2007, 12:35:32 PM »
Rocky,

Nice to hear from you post-surgery. Hope your recovery goes as well as mine has.

Interesting....certain pain medication  makes me itch like hell, too. I never tell the doc for fear he won't give me any more of it!

Offline Nadine

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Re: Back Surgery < 24 Hours--wish me luck
« Reply #58 on: March 17, 2007, 03:22:36 PM »
I spoke to RAB yesterday...I think he was stoned!  :D :D


Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: Back Surgery < 24 Hours--wish me luck
« Reply #59 on: March 17, 2007, 04:45:54 PM »
Get well soon :) Thanks for giving us courage to do what we have to do for health, no matter how tough the road

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Back Surgery < 24 Hours--wish me luck
« Reply #60 on: March 17, 2007, 05:05:42 PM »
Glad to hear you're safely back home, Rab. Mend well!

Andy Velez

Offline Teresa

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Re: Back Surgery < 24 Hours--wish me luck
« Reply #61 on: March 17, 2007, 06:18:55 PM »
                 

Sending good thoughts and prayers for your speedy recovery!

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Offline RAB

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Re: Back Surgery < 24 Hours--wish me luck
« Reply #62 on: March 26, 2007, 08:12:22 PM »
Hello Everyone:   ;D  X about 100 million

I can't believe how much better I am feeling.

Actually, what I can't believe is how long I let this problem go on.  Now that I am  through the worst part of the post-surgical pain (more on that in a minute), I realize just what an impact the "other" pain was taking on me. 

I am happy to report that that "other pain" (the electrical shock/needles like pain that was radiating into my hip, around to my groin, and down my left leg   >:() is completely gone.  POOF  GONE! 

I feel like a new man.  I literally do.   :D 

I'm sort of giddy!  Almost afraid to mention it, for fear that I might jinx myself.  But trust me, I'm  just about as happy as a hooker at a right wing christian convention. 

I'm going to be honest though, the pain from the surgery hurt!  (How Steven and Ernie [RazorBill] dealt with it amazes me.  Their surgeries were much different/complicated than what I had done)  The hardest part was/is being patient and not over doing it.  That and using pain medication (Percocet) before the pain became unbearable went against my nature.  But that is what got me through the past two weeks.  By last Thursday I could tell things were rapidly improving.  The swelling is nearly gone by today.  The post-surgical pain is pretty much gone (now it's just kind of tender).   Dealing with the short lived post-surgical pain is much better than dealing with that "other" pain.  That pain wouldn't go away.  The pain from the surgery is nearly gone.  I'm not needing any pain medication what-so-ever.  (No more reports of me sounding "stoned".  Course I do have some left over!   ::) He He He )

I'm so glad I did this.  I can't tell you.

Lord do I feel better.  It's amazing.

RAB

Offline Basquo

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Re: Back Surgery < 24 Hours--wish me luck
« Reply #63 on: March 26, 2007, 08:16:58 PM »
I'm so glad you've had such an improvement in the (former) pain; you are my favorite cat-hearder! ;D

Hugs,
Creighton

Offline fearless

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Re: Back Surgery < 24 Hours--wish me luck
« Reply #64 on: March 26, 2007, 08:37:49 PM »
Actually, what I can't believe is how long I let this problem go on.  Now that I am  through the worst part of the post-surgical pain (more on that in a minute), I realize just what an impact the "other" pain was taking on me. 

I'm so glad I did this.  I can't tell you.

Lord do I feel better.  It's amazing.

RAB

Now, didn't I tell you so RAB. I bet you look 10 years younger too without the strain from the pain being visible in your face.
Hope you are being looked after in the manner you deserve. Just make sure you check the washing machine before you know who turns everything pink again.
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Offline AlanBama

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Re: Back Surgery < 24 Hours--wish me luck
« Reply #65 on: March 26, 2007, 08:55:16 PM »
I'm so glad I read this!  It made my whole day.....

So happy to hear your pain is over, honey.   You're gonna be dangerous now...

 ;)
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Offline RapidRod

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Re: Back Surgery < 24 Hours--wish me luck
« Reply #66 on: March 26, 2007, 09:02:19 PM »
Rab, I want to apologize to you for not asking how you were doing when you called yesterday. Yes, we are considering what we discussed with you last evening. We'll see if we can pull it off.  ;) I'm glad you are doing better. Won't be long and you can put on those red pumps and walk the streets.  ;)

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: Back Surgery < 24 Hours--wish me luck
« Reply #67 on: March 27, 2007, 12:31:55 AM »
:D :D Still laughing at that first sentence in your thread opener. :D :D Very happy for you! Experience makes us "rich"

Offline Robert

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Re: Back Surgery < 24 Hours--wish me luck
« Reply #68 on: March 27, 2007, 12:50:31 AM »
rab.

I just  can't imagine the pain.  It must be godawful.  I'm so happy you're feeling better.  That makes me feel better.

robert
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Back Surgery < 24 Hours--wish me luck
« Reply #69 on: March 27, 2007, 07:23:16 AM »
Hello Rab,

Thanks for the update. Glad to hear that everything is going much better for you. Keep it going !!



Take care of yourself--------Ray



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Offline Nadine

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Re: Back Surgery < 24 Hours--wish me luck
« Reply #70 on: March 27, 2007, 07:45:51 AM »
Great news!  

I'm so happy that the surgery worked out well!

Take good care of yourself...with any luck, Rodney & I will see you in SF...he may have to get me stoned first, whatever it takes!  :D

(((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))

Offline Jody

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Re: Back Surgery < 24 Hours--wish me luck
« Reply #71 on: March 27, 2007, 09:31:14 PM »
Dearest Rab...Great to hear everything is going so well...Don't kick yourself for waiting - you were uncertain about surgery- we all would be after all...The pain is gone and as I said don't kick yourself - save that for me in San Francisco!!!

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Offline tigger2376

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Re: Back Surgery < 24 Hours--wish me luck
« Reply #72 on: March 28, 2007, 08:01:43 PM »
I'm so glad it worked out
Heres to feeling no pain....
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I know i'm going to enjoy the party in the afterlife, but do you all mind that I'm going to be VERY late!!!

 


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