Guest marciaatl Posted July 23, 2003 Share Posted July 23, 2003 Thanks to all of you who helped me out before surgery on 7/9/03 - it went very well, no complications. And the final pathology report showed clean lymph nodes and a clean margin. That, coupled with the clear PET scan and clear MRI brain scan, left me pretty darn happy about the medical situation. Nonetheless, based on the latest studies, I will probably get chemotherapy beginning in August. I am consulting an oncologist for the second time next week about this (I chose him after interviewing 2 - he is wonderful - very warm and fuzzy). Now, my only questions are about how to handle these damn pain meds? I did Percocet, starting in the hospital, for the first 8 days, starting out at one every 3 hours, and reducing gradually to every 5 hours. Yesterday, I switched to Darvocet, per Dr. recommendation. Started out with that every 4 hours, but it, just like the Percocet, leaves me a little light-headed, fuzzy in the thinking department, but worst of all, nearly always constipated and sometimes nauseous. I have sort of handled the constipation with over-the-counter stuff and diet, but yuk! The nausea is what bothers me the most. Phenergan helps, but really makes me woozy. I tried Zofran once and it seemed to work OK. I feel like I am a moving pharmacy! I'm not complaining awfully, because it is manageable, but I am wondering if there are secrets to taking Darvocet without having the nausea, in particular? In fact, right now it is after 9 p.m., and I have not had a Darvocet since 2:30, having opted for 2 Advils at 8:30 pm instead. I figure I'll take the Darvocet soon, when I go to sleep. Will it be safe to give up the Darvocet now completely and switch to loads of Advil? I know I can't take high doses of Advil either for TOO long . . . I haven't really felt the actual pain from the surgery yet, and don't want to, if I can avoid it. So, it's a balancing act. Any tips? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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