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post #91 of 112
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Definitely the insides. I can tell exactly where the piece of bone was removed. Most times it's mainly in that area that hurts, but as I found out today, if I wait too long to take the next dose it radiates through my whole lower arm. The skin where the stitches are just feels like I have barbed wire loosely wrapped there, and it only hurts when the skin is pulled. Change of position fixes that. I have been feeling "tingles" around the incision, which I know is a good thing.
post #92 of 112
Well, they "broke" your bone, so it'll take a while for that to heal up. Look at how your arm is on the outside where the incision is, and imagine that it looks much worse on the inside! I daresay they would have disturbed the muscles/tendons as well so it will also take a while for that to heal.

My chest still aches, and my muscles are still quite sore, and it's been 5 weeks. Unfortunately it just takes time.

I found the Percocet doesn't really take away the pain, it just sends me into a drug-induced haze, which I hate, so don't take them anymore.

I've found the high dosage Ibuprofen has been much more effective. I only took 600mg this morning and missed my lunchtime dosage, whereas I've been taking 600-800mg morning, lunch and night. As a result my shoulder and chest are HURTING. I've just taken my evening dosage, but I know that I just can't miss a dosage or it hurts too much.

Are you allowed to take Ibuprofen? Do you have a weekend number you can call? If so, call them and let them know that the Vicoden isn't taking away the pain, and if there's anything else that will help. Maybe ask if you can try high dosage Ibroprofen to see if it helps? I know I can take Ibuprofen and Percocet at the same time.

It's good that you're sleeping though - it's what your body needs!

And Mojo - stay off your mummy's arm!!
post #93 of 112
feeling something is a good thing!!
post #94 of 112
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Unfortunately, she said that since it's bone, stay off the NSAIDS - only Tylenol. Which I haven't actually tried. It didn't work at all before the surgery, but maybe now it will? :crossed:

The Vicoden helps quite a bit, and I'm not at all dazed on it (why do people do this for fun? I just get sleepy!). It just doesn't take it all away...which is probably good so I don't accidentally put too much pressure on it by laying the wrong way.

BTW typing with only one hand really sucks!
post #95 of 112
hey i am typing one handed

i have a cat in the other hand :P
post #96 of 112
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Unfortunately, she said that since it's bone, stay off the NSAIDS - only Tylenol. Which I haven't actually tried. It didn't work at all before the surgery, but maybe now it will? :crossed:

The Vicoden helps quite a bit, and I'm not at all dazed on it (why do people do this for fun? I just get sleepy!). It just doesn't take it all away...which is probably good so I don't accidentally put too much pressure on it by laying the wrong way.

BTW typing with only one hand really sucks!
That's weird given that they damaged my bone as well. Everything around it gets swollen though, which is often what causes pain.

I'm the opposite of you And I find when I've taken the Percocet, I can't sleep, I just lie there for ages in a daze, sleepy from the sleeping tablets but unable to sleep. I also wonder why people take them for fun!!!!
post #97 of 112
Vicoden doesn't do a thing for me but upset my tummy. Percocet at least helps take the edge off.

It must be taking you forever to type even one post, Heidi! Keep up the good work of getting well!
post #98 of 112
I was just remembering my hip resurfacing. I remember distinctly that it was a bit more painful than I expected, and was trying to figure out who to ask. But at exactly 10 days, the character of the pain changed dramatically. So I think that must've been the swelling going down because I felt a lot better after that.
post #99 of 112
Many, many vibes headed that way sweetie!
post #100 of 112
When I was on Vicoden, I got into a fist fight with an imaginary person & put my fist through the wall. It did nothing for the pain for me, either.

I'd find out if there's something else you can be taking.
post #101 of 112
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Gosh, I'm glad the meds aren't affecting me badly! And hearing these stories makes me wonder even more why anyone would do these drugs for fun.

I did try the Tylenol, and thankfully it does help. It will be good for during the day when I still need to be more alert. I had a BAD pain night last night. Woke up around 6:00 (after not getting to sleep until around 3:00 b/c I couldn't get comfy) and it took me about 1/2 hour to realize that I had drugs for this and I should take them. While I laid there trying to get comfy while the drugs worked, Mojo came and snuggled real close to my neck and purred so hard. Even when the drugs started to work and I was drifting off to sleep she moved above my head but made sure she was still touching me all night. She can be such a pain in the butt, but she can also be the sweetest little thing. She helped me a lot last night.
post #102 of 112
Awwww Mojo. She knew that her meowmy was hurting. Cats sure are amazing, eh?
Glad to hear the Tylenol helps. Hopefully you won't have too many more painful nights.
post #103 of 112
Oh Heidi...
Sweet Mojo was there for you.
Sending loving thoughts and healing vibes that soon you will be pain free, back in action and better than ever.
post #104 of 112
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First day back to work...well, for all of 2 1/2 hours anyway. Came home at 10:00, laid down for a nap ( I was wiped out!) and woke up at 4:30. Guess I still have a long way to go. Good thing I have a very understanding office!
post #105 of 112
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First day back to work...well, for all of 2 1/2 hours anyway. Came home at 10:00, laid down for a nap ( I was wiped out!) and woke up at 4:30. Guess I still have a long way to go. Good thing I have a very understanding office!
Wow, that is really soon back to work! I think having general anesthesia tends to make you tired like that for a while.
post #106 of 112
Good for Mojo...I think some cats just tune right in and are good at "nursing" duties
I know Ophelia is that way for me.
post #107 of 112
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Originally Posted by valanhb View Post
First day back to work...well, for all of 2 1/2 hours anyway. Came home at 10:00, laid down for a nap ( I was wiped out!) and woke up at 4:30. Guess I still have a long way to go. Good thing I have a very understanding office!
Great ZOT, woman! Already??? Do take it easy, will you?

Sweet Mojo
post #108 of 112
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I would have taken a full 2 weeks off, but I just don't have the time accrued. Took too much time off around Christmas, I think, before I knew that the surgery would be this soon in the year.

I did a lot better today - worked 3 1/2 hours and only slept for 1 hour when I came home. Not feeling nearly as "run over" today.
post #109 of 112
How's your wrist feeling?
post #110 of 112
Wow! Back to work so quickly! I hope you take a few more days to rest & relax
post #111 of 112
Don't expect to much of yourself Heidi.
Think long term results.

Get plenty of rest.
post #112 of 112
Geez, Heidi - I thought you were back to work this week not last week!

BTW - Vicodin and Percocet both have codeine in them, the difference is Vicodin has the codeine in the form of hydrocodone combined with acetaminophen and Percocet has codeine in the form of oxycodone combined with acetaminophen.

Oxycodone is slightly stronger than hydrocodone (a 5mg dose of oxycodone is equivalent to a 7.5mg dose of hydrocodone).

An interesting FYI, Gary's fentanyl patch is the "equivalent" of 360mg of hydrocodone a day and 240mg of oxycodone a day, and the amount of dilaudid he's allowed to take every day for breakthrough pain is the "equivalent" of 640mg of hydrocodone and 427mg of oxycodone! ...and he still gets no sleep.

So - how is your arm/wrist feeling now - and how are YOU doing? Are you close to being able to type with two hands again yet?



Laurie
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