Monday, June 8, 2009

Much More Pain, as Promised


Yep, with the removal of the Pain Pump on Sunday morning, the formerly-blocked nerves have cheerfully returned to their regular duty of relaying pain messages from my leg and ankle to my brain. And they have a lot of traffic, apparently.

Last night was very, very uncomfortable. I didn't get a lot of restful sleep, and Mrs Elliott's sleep was also disturbed second-hand by my groaning and moaning and struggling to get comfortable.

We're trying to figure out the right timing for the pain meds to minimize the aches and stabbing pains. Feels like my freakin' ankle is in a bench vise.

Dr Askew has written new prescriptions for painkillers, at lower dosages than the last. The goal here is to keep the pain level tolerable while reducing the risk of dependency.

Tonight should be marginally better than last night. And so it should go: a little less pain that the previous day until the pain becomes a vague, nearly forgotten memory.

Until then: whimper, whine.

3 comments:

  1. Ah, quit yer snivelling, Frankenfoot.
    : )
    Good drugs, good life, eh? Hope you're up and feeling better soon.
    Robert

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  2. "Dr Askew has written new prescriptions for painkillers, at lower dosages than the last. The goal here is to keep the pain level tolerable while reducing the risk of dependency."

    American doctors are NOTORIOUS for under-medicating for pain out of a misguided and paranoid fear of "addiction," even sometimes refusing to adequately manage the pain of terminally ill patients. Unless you're on the meds at high doses for a long time the risk of addiction is actually quite low, so you should DEMAND that your doctor prescribe adequate medication for pain control. It's YOU that's hurting, not him.

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