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Recovering from hardware removal & dealing with WICKED pain

fishinwidow98ffishinwidow98 Posts: 54
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Pain Management
My doc does not answer pages. I've spent a night in the ER to get the pain under control. I am laying on my ice circ. 24/7. I am taking ALL my pain meds like clock-work.

I've seen the surgery I had done. I have seen the hardware removed. My hardware looked nothing like what I was used to. My hardware was NOT good quality. Not my concern though. My problem is pain.

I can NOT get comfortable. I am hurting non-stop. The doc is referring me to a pain specialist but his snarky words to me were "I usually only prescribe Lortab to hardware removal patients." He's given me Oxy IR 15 mg. I need help y'all. I don't know who to call, what to do. We all know how well things go when you go to the ER for "pain management" but this just wont stop.

To top it all off I am struggling to get all the yuck out of my lungs. It's not happening... HELP PLEASE!! ~X( ~X-( :frustrated:


  • Sorry to hear you're in so much pain and your Surgeon's remark about pain meds. Are you taking a muscle relaxant at all? Do you have a fever? Maybe if you call surgery on call they may be able to help you with something.

    Drink lots of liquids and water to loosen up your cough and try to do deep breathing and coughing every 2 hours while awake and splint your back with a pillow if the coughing is hurting you. You may need to see your Family Dr. about the cough just to get him to listen to your lungs and check you're breathing or if you're calling the surgeon let him know about not being able to cough properly.

    Go to the ER again if you can't reach a Surgeon there should be someone on call 24/7. Tell them about your pain and breathing/coughing issues and maybe they will give you a incentive spirometer or a treatment. Pneumonia is common after any surgery, though it could be something else going on and causing pain. Take care and hope you get some relief soon. Charry

    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • So sorry to hear of your experiences. To me, this sounds like a major procedure and I know that anytime they mess w/your back there is major pain involved. If you have to, I would recommend that you go to your family dr to get some temporary decent pain control. It can take a long time for a referral for pain management to result in an appt and I waited 6 months for an appt w/my current PM dr. You might need some around-the-clock relief in the form of a med like Oxycotin for several months. In the absence of a PM dr on the scene, my GP took good care of my pain issues. I hope that something like this can happen with you. Best wishes! Lisa.
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