I want to change my pain meds (since they don't work) and want to be able to sleep sitting up in bed.
Anyone have any suggestions on meds the found effective or ways to sleep sitting up? I have 10 pillows as it is now....and can only manage about 2.5 hours doubling my meds and adding benedryl for the itching side effect...
I agree Deb... They said the pain would increase with the use of the arm... It hurts most after typing at work.
My bicep locks up and has a giant knot in it and my pectoral muscle kills me.
I called the triage line and they never call back. I called the on call doc last night and they changed me to vicodin (sigh) and a different muscle relaxer since I have taken a 100 or more motrin.
sleeping sitting up (as in a recliner which I do not have) keeps you from straining the shoulder over your body laying on one side or sleeping on it on the other side. Let alone I can't lay on my back and put my shoulder down. The pain is worse than labor....
I just need to give up the ghost and realize I can't clean, do laundry and need to stay asleep. Sigh...
I will call Dr. Bradley again on Monday (actually will be in the therapy office next door to him tomorrow morning). Maybe he will see me.
Never felt so helpless as I did last night with no way to get meds from New Bern.
Ugh. Sleeping sitting up is a PIA. I had my rib cage realigned when I was a kid and wasn't permitted to sleep laying down (felt like an elephant sitting on my chest). I had to sleep sitting on a couch, put 4-5 pillows on my lap, and rest my head forward on them. For 6 months. It was absolutely awful. I have terrible posture because of it too. it's so difficult to feel rested after any operation. I hope you can get the meds adjusted so you can work on resting and recovery!!
Pain can and should present itself up to 12 weeks post op. Anythin after that doctors should be concerned. I know. I worked in pain management for over a year. Best worst job I ever had. Vicky, use a hear pad as often as possible. PT will increase pain. Make them make you ride the bike or something to get cardio up to release endorphins before isolated excerises for your shoulder. I would recommend laying in the bed and prop both sides of the body with pillows to decrease moving around and on that arm at night. Use a very flat pillow or roll up a towel to put under your neck.
I love pain meds. I saw ALL types of addictions while working in pain meds. Oh, the stories! My girlfriend's story tops them all! Lol Guy on Medicaid and Disability from work comp goes to make his $5 payment and he drops his bag of rock in an old sandwich bag on the floor. Guy behind him picks it up off the floor and hands him his bag and says, "sir, you seemed to have dropped your crack rock." Both dudes stare at each other, he pays and leaves and the guy ehind him checked out like nothing had happened.
If I had to guess, half of New Bern, Havelock, and MHC is on drugs one way or the other. Oh, and HIV Positive and Herpes. I only felt bad for the old and living in pain, and soldiers with injuries from war or PTSD.
Vicky, I would ask him if it is okay if you stopped taking everything, gave you sleeping pills and waited a week before starting up PT. I would also see if they would give you a frw Chiro appts under a specific code your doctor can bill. A manual code. PTs code under about the same codes. Chiro will help loosen and straighten the spine at normal curvatures. Something that has been under distress since you had surgery. ; )
Use Vicodin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions. Take Vicodin by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
That is for a symptom of something else, not the narcotics... First one for me, and no doctor or pharmacist ive met says its better with food. Juices in the stomach should be in balance to break those pills down. They arent in a capsule and most of them except the patch are time released.