close to the edge Posted February 21, 2004 Share Posted February 21, 2004 Greetings to all. monday feb 9th was my surgery to remove the left lower lobe. surgery went fine & yes it was nsclc tho it didnt show up in the lymp nodes Pain management team however didn't do so well i spent 6 hours in recovery because i continued to have pain dispite the epidural right from the start i kept telling them it was muscle spasams but they would not bleave me. The next five days they tried different oral pain meds but they made me vomit to. I did tell them from the get go i was sensitive to pain meds. so after several days of experimenting I finnaly asked them to go with a pain med that i knew would not make me sick from a previous surgery Tylenol w/ codine #3 the doc says " oh there addicting" I'm like yea but they dont make me puke!!!! So they sent me home on Saturday afternoon all pumped up with pain meds everything was great untill the pain meds decded they were not doing muscle spasams any more........... so after they sent me home on saturday i did have a major muscle spasam it litteraly flored me. imajine a charlie horse that envelopes your back and left shoulder , right thru the body to the chest. I could not move without being in agony. so much agony that even speaking or crying was searing pain poor john(my husband)he was so worried and didnt know what to do to help me sooooo several hours later we called 911 the ambulance whisks me off back to the hopital. ( this was a major feet in itself as the local EMT's dont do the city) I dont know what john did to get them to take me to the city they pump me up with so much morpine . to releave the pain. I think i left for mars at that point only trouble was that the more morphine they pumped into me the more i would throw up. (thankfully the nurses understood and didnt leave me without my puke basin. I really didint want them to have to clean all that yuck up) i get re admitted I kept telling them i was sensitive to pain meds i kept telling them the pain wasnt from the surgical sight it was muscle spasams they said "ohhhhh thats very rare" Ok so since when did i do anything by the book? at one point the pain management team who worked with me said " well ya gotta expect some pain" My response was "yes discomfort put not outright pain!!!!"I felt like i had to fight for the right pain meds. now the docs are listening to me now they do beleive me when i say the pain is from muscle spasams So now i'm on major pain meds along with a morpine back up that made me puke up any thing i ate they add the anti inflamitory drugs they add muscle relaxants they add drugs for anxiety to help me relax so you can imagine how waisted i was Sat night & Sunday I would be talking. drift off. then wake up and talk about a totaly different thing I did halucenate myself to a YES show. even the chairs were dancing I even got backstage with my mom of all people! My dogs came to the hospital I Went to Amsterdam on holiday though i can't remember who went with me! Thats just a few of the halucinations i remember The docs did wean me off the morpine on monday and all the other pain meds & muscle relaxants are working to keep me relaxed and pain free now I am sooooooo sooooooo glad to be home I'm a little uncomfortable at times but no pain so to all of you out there your advice was great i did take a stuffed animal i named Funk This way when i caughed i could hold him and say # OH FUNK!!!! the intern doctors loved that! I had a pair of wild jamie bottoms so i wasnt mooning everyone on my hall walks I did my breathing excercises as often as possible so other than pain management all went well ill post more later cause im getting a little tierd now Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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