did you have open abdominal surgery or laparoscopic? The hospital I had mine in was following the advanced recover after abdominal surgery protocol. essentially no narcotics. i took 2 percocet on day one and after that was all tylenol, gabapentin, toradol combination and never needed anything further. that was for transverse suprapubic incision however and not open midline incision. I was able to stay away from narcotics and pain level stayed steady around a 3/4 out of 10. tolerable to walk the halls and get out of bed frequently. that regimen was for both my jpouch creation and takedown. never had to take narcotics when I left the hospital at all. best to stay away from them if you can and you arent miserable.
Cramps can be due to gas or a blockage or ileus. Don’t be so quick to blame the morphine. That being said taking too much morphine gave me an ileus and yes an ileus will cause bad cramps at least until you start vomiting due to what can’t go down must come up. Then comes the NG tube. Gas when peristalsis hasn’t resumed can cause cramps and once peristalsis returns can be alleviated.
I should have been more specific in my original post. The stomach cramps get increasingly worse the moment they push the morphine into the IV. It’s happened on about 4 occasions and the last time I decided it couldn’t be a coincidence. Don’t see those effects as much when I’m given dilauded so I guess I will request dilauded for now!
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