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Precious BamaPPrecious Bama Posts: 34
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:21 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello, I am having surgery August 11. Just would like to know what you all think about this. I have been on demerol since eary part of this year and it only last couple hours. I have no side affects from it - could doubling the dosage help with post op. What is the next drug after demerol for pain?


  • Hi Brenda,

    This is a good and very important question to bring up when you will see your surgeon the next time. He is the one who knows you (or at least has your record in front of him) so he can tell what is it that you will tolerate the best. It is important to discuss pain control prior to surgery because once you are at the hospital, the nurses will only give you what your doctor pre-authorizes. Tell him you do not want to suffer and would like to have adequate pain control. Most doctors are reasonable and are willing to help.

    Good luck,

  • You don't need to stress yourself out about the pain meds. Your surgeon will be taking care of that end. They're very good about it, and if something doesn't work, you tell them, and they'll change it until they find something that gets rid of your pain. They will NOT leave you in pain, as you will not heal if your concentrating only on your pain. I do have one suggestion though that really helps, because you're going to go through a lot of pain while trying to sleep. The pain wakes you up every couple of hours. Is ask for some kind of sleeping medication. I asked for Ambien, and don't know what I would have done without it, it helped tremendously!!! And it doesn't give you a "hangover" like some of them do.

    Your Doc is going to take EXCELLENT care of you though....
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