Tuesday Talk: How bad was your pain on the 1-10 scale?

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Registered: 01-19-2008
Tuesday Talk: How bad was your pain on the 1-10 scale?
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Tue, 03-13-2012 - 12:37pm

Through the whole process of your c-section and recovery, what is the highest your pain level went to?

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Registered: 01-19-2008
Well, if the choice to have a baby only involved "avoiding childbirth pain", then of course, I would have chosen not to have a baby! LOL

But, I wanted "babies", not childbirth pain; so in order to have the family that we had dreamed of, avoiding childbirth wasn't an option for me.

I agree that pain has many levels and dementions to it, but my question was to rate that pain (despite what the personal perspectives were), not how to avoid the pain altogether.

Now if anyone does know how to have a completely painfree childbirth, please, please, please let me in on that secret, because it was absolutely the desire to never go through childbirth again (no matter what way it may be) that was the biggest deciding factor of stopping at #4. (and I was done with pregnancies by that point too, but that's a whole other topic!!) :)
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And yet the easiest way to avoid childbirth pain is to not have a baby.

Cthulu Crochet

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Registered: 01-19-2008
That is an interesting perspective, Ca_dreamer.

I am not a fan of pain, and try to avoid it at all costs!! LOL
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I've been thinking about this all week and can't answer in those terms because I just don't believe the 1-X scale (10 or 12 or lazy-8). At a minimum it's 2-dimentional with "pain" and "fear" as separate axes. Maybe a 3rd axis called "cope".

Pain is not the only factor. Fitness buffs like to say "no pain, no gain" and this is an experience they seek. A not-son of mine (significantly younger but adult friend) in California LIKES to be beaten as a sex thing.

Cthulu Crochet

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Registered: 01-19-2008
I did not get to those kind of levels of pain with my c-section, but I can understand how it could feel like that if you didn't have really good pain management in place. :(
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I LOVE that chart!! So glad Holly shared it!! :)

I've had a couple of moments where I would consider the worst pain of my life, and they all felt like something was on FIRE (that had not been physically burned)!!! So, I would say you have a pretty good description of your pain there, and if you were feeling that, you were in BAD pain!!
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Now THAT is a pain chart I can understand! I was definately feeling like an 8-9 then, going off of this more accurate chart!

Manda :)

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I'm really realizing that I've had some memory loss, but through talking with my mom, it seems that I was in a lot of pain in the first several hours. I remember having a bit of a nervous breakdown, but my mom says I was in a lot of pain at the time. I remember feeling like my stomach was literally on fire. Its hard to say, because I don't remember it well and have nothing to compare it to, but that would have to be the worst pain I've had in my life. It was probably up there around 8-9. I was pretty much checked out of reality. I was given a dose of morphine in my iv immediately after ds was out, but that was the only iv drugs I got. I don't remember when they started to give me oral drugs, but I was alternating percocet (400??? Maybe) and ibuprofen 600. That kept the pain to a tolerable level for the most part in the following days. I took those for the 3 days in the hospital after as well as for the first 2 days home. Then I went to just taking the percocet at night and ibuprofen during the day.

Manda :)

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Registered: 01-19-2008
hollyelizabeth2007 wrote:
On the subject of pain scales, have you read this blog post? I read it about a year ago while up at night pumping and I almost died, it was so funny!

http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/02/boyfriend-doesnt-have-ebola-probably.html?m=1


Oh my goodness!!!

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All throughout the process I kept being asked where my pain fell.

Since I was in labor and having very regular contractions by the time I went in for the c-section, I would say my pain going in was about a 7. I was READY for my spinal!!!

Getting the spinal wasn't bad, and through the whole surgery there was no pain at all. And for several hours after there was no pain since I was still covered very well from the spinal.

Once the spinal wore off, I probably rated the pain about 3-4, and went ahead and took oral meds trying to keep it that low. My doc kept my IV line in for 2 days and I got IV meds by the clock every 6 hours and oral meds every 4. That really kept my pain controlled. At my worst, I think I told the nurse I was at a 6, maybe?

The hardest part was getting up and down, of course, and when I took a shower that was pretty painful cause I couldn't wear my belly binder and gravity was pulling down on my belly in a painful way. But, still no more than a 6 on the pain scale.

Once I went home, if I overdid it, I would hit about 4-5 and take my percocets then. But, most of my pain was very minimal and the Ibuprofen was plenty to cover it.

I found bed time and first thing in the morning to be the most painful, so I usually had to start my day with a good dose of medicine, but once I was up and going I was fine. Not really sure why that was my hardest time.

By the 2nd week though, I barely needed any medicines, and only took the Ibuprofen when I REALLY needed it.
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