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5 weeks post-op, some things I wish I had known...



  • Giving up the opiates is a frightening thing for someone who suffers chronic pain. However, once a person has begun to become opioid tolerant, the outlook there is also bleak. I faced both and am thankful to say that I came out on the other side with my head held high. There are times I wish I could use opioid medications to fight even just breakthrough pain or pain from a totally unrelated injury. I know however that I become tolerant very fast and that road is worst than the alternative, because pain infiltrates both.

    So today I have found that pain can be fought on a different playing field. It isn't easy at times, but it is very doable.

    The acetaminophen in the Percocet is something that my PM doc was highly concerned with. He has seen two very healthy individuals die from toxicity brought on by the acetaminophen (liver failure). Many of us with chronic pain take other meds that are metabolized in the liver. Add in large doses of acetaminophen and it is a dangerous combination.

    I have found that neurostimulation has changed the way I view and deal with pain. Even when I get breakthrough pain, there are certain ways I can set my SCS, so that it triggers a natural endorphin release and helps break the pain cycle.

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