My daughter (21 yr old) had her takedown surgery 11 days ago. She is still in considerable pain, needing pain meds. Some pain is from her incision, some from "inside." I've read so many different experiences. I'm wondering how long we can expect this pain to last. 1 month? 3 months? 6 months? We see the pain management team this week, but I'm not certain how much experience they have dealing with this particular surgery. Any advice would be very much appreciated!
When my son had his take down he was on meds for months. When he had his first surgery , which was the beginning of June, 2014, he was on heavy stuff until the end of July. take down was the beginning of September, and was on pain medication forever because we had a lot of complications. Everytime he tried to get off, the pain was too much for him to handle. Then in December they found some of the problems and still needed the pain meds. He was on them until end of April this year. Everyone is different. Our doctors told us not to worry about addiction. That if you need it, take it. Deal with the pain and worry about the other stuff later. We had our primary and a pain management doctor help him get off the stuff and he did it in about 5 weeks. When she is ready to get off, she will know it. She will be taking less and less. But I would give it at least a month, six weeks at least. Good luck!
A pain management team is specialized to deal with all sorts of pain. I don't think it'll matter specifically if they do or don't do work often with this particular surgery. It's still post op pain.
Thank you! We see the pain dr tomorrow. I appreciate you sharing with me. It does help me feel a bit better.
I was like Rachel...quit using pain meds in hospital on day 3 (when Percoset induced nausea!) after Step 1. Used dilautin for 2 days after takedown. After that nothing but Tylenol. Guess I have a high pain tolerance too!