View Full Version : Surgery pain medication help
03-14-2006, 08:20 PM
I MIGHT be having surgery soon, i have a lump / growth in my... well in my left.... "chest" lol. It's botherng me and my surgeon kept saying wait a month to see if it go's away and i was very passive about it. It turns out i dont have a tumor on my adrenal gland so i can go forward with this surgery if i want. I was hessitant at first because i kept thinking of it being like my lympnode surgery a while back but this is JUST under the surface of skin and i dont think i will even be put under, just local anesthia (sp). Im going to talk to the doctor next week and tell him i WANT it out that its botherng me (its driving me NUTS!!!).
What im curious about is... what would they give after surgery? I have been through a full range of opies befor but im wondering what they would give for this? Hydrocodone, oxycodone? I really hope its not codeine if so im going to have to talk with her lol.
Also i need some advice.... sense i have had problems in the past with opiates i find myself thinking "wow its going to be nice to be able to take some pain killers, lay down and relax without a care in the world after surgery". (edited) I guess having past experience with opiates is making me second guess everything. It isnt very black and white.... even though its a fairly simple procedure, it would be no different then having lump on arm and having it removed. I dont really know who to talk to about this aspect of it, i try to talk to my mother and she "hears" what im saying but she hasnt had that love for what comes from poppies like i have had. IM SO CONFUSED!!!!!!
03-14-2006, 10:21 PM
I would only do the surgery if it was absolutely necessary. Depending on your age overall health and a list of other things. People die from elective surgery all the time! People get sicker just by being in the hospital. If it's something that will get worse then of course the sooner the better but if it's your call and there's a chance it can heal, Pass for now. Having Surgery for pain med's isn't uncommon but if it's not that bad now you could probably get some good med's from a sympathetic DR with a little acting just the same. Squeeze it for all it's worth.
03-14-2006, 11:34 PM
Having Surgery for pain med's isn't uncommon but if it's not that bad now you could probably get some good med's from a sympathetic DR with a little acting just the same. Squeeze it for all it's worth.
I could get pain meds now if i wanted, i can get them 4x a year (it's what my doctor said she viewed as acceptable use), so its not that. I looked forward to that part though almost like... it made me less scared of the surgery because i know i wont be in complete pain in the end, and maybe even feel "good". The lump has gotten 3-4x larger then it used to be. It is ellective but... very borthersome. It makes one side larger then the other (and im a guy so its... noticable). Im 20 - 21 soon. pain meds 4x a year, or as needed for back flare ups, plus i can get them from a friend (pretty expensive but cheaper then going to doctor lol) and i can get them off the net, if i thought for a second i was going to have surgery just to get pain meds i would go straight to my doctor and just ask for them flat out, it would be better to spend 500$ on the same amount then only pay 100$ copay and have surgery i would rather pay 1,000 because surgery IS painful. Im very confused about this intire thing, the surgery itself, the fact that i know i CAN live with it but it bothers me. I know the risk of infection or a mistake... but the lumpit bothers me a lot. I know im the only one who can figure it out. I wouldnt be put to sleep during it so thats one less risk, from what i understand its fairly retune but like u said people die all the time from ellective surgeries. SOme die from getting wisdom teeth out. Im also confused because i will lose my insurange in august, and then a new plan wouldnt cover a pre-existing problem for over a year, so if i wait i will have to wait a year from august. If i get it done befor i switch i should do it now so if there is infection i can stay on insurance for a while longer and maybe even convince my therapist to sign a letter to keep me on my insurance longer (i seem to only go to him when i need this done lol).
03-15-2006, 07:01 AM
Ok your young and this is something that bothers you, mental physical doesn't matter it's a problem I would have the surgery. One of the things you can do is check the Hospital out check the staff out. I wouldn't go around questioning Nurses but there are ways to do it. As long as you have a good Dr and are in a decent Hospital you'll be fine. It's not a common thing- someone going in for surgery and dying but it is more common then most people think. imho I wouldn't worry just go ahead get it taken care of. What I would tell you to do is try to work out the muscles around the area that will be operated on. just go in Healthy Oh by the way you will get some nice meds post op maybe Demerol PRN.
03-15-2006, 08:53 AM
yea i talked to my surgeon today and said i would wait three months to see if anything changes. Thank you for responses.
03-15-2006, 02:11 PM
Damn i dont know! i just spoke to my doctor and she looked at it and said this type of growth doesnt go away, it either stays the same or gets bigger (and its getting bigger). AH! Talk about confused.
03-16-2006, 04:27 AM
Have the Surgery Dude, your young you'll be fine don't spend the time worrying. If you know it's not getting better don't wait for it to get worse.
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