Tuesday Talk: What kind of pain control...

Community Leader
Registered: 01-19-2008
Tuesday Talk: What kind of pain control...
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Tue, 08-09-2011 - 9:39am

did you have for and after your c-section?

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Community Leader
Registered: 01-19-2008
Tue, 08-09-2011 - 10:59am

For the c-section I had a spinal. I was most afraid about this part cause my epi's never worked with my vaginal deliveries, so I was terrified that it wouldn't work for the c-section. But, the spinal worked AWESOME!! I didn't feel a thing from my chest to my toes. And it took hours for the feeling to come back. I had the c-section at 3:30 p.m. and my kids came to see me at about 7:00 p.m. and I still couldn't move my toes. While they were there I started to be able to wiggle them, and then a few hours later I was able to fully move my legs again.

The first night they offered me a percoset every 4 hours only by request. But, then in the morning when they came to take out the IV and cathetor and let me up to walk, they kept in the IV needle port in my hand for administering some sort of med every 6 hours that way, and then still gave me the percoset every 4 hours, and this was by the clock and not by request. They told me the first 24 hours my pain was still being controlled by the spinal meds.

By the 3rd day they removed my IV completely and I was only getting the percosets and large Ibuprofen dosage swapped out.

All of this kept my pain very manageable, and I also wore a belly binder, and I think that helped with the walking and getting around. The only times I really felt uncomfortable were getting up and down and showering.

Once I got home I would usually take one percoset first thing in the morning and then try to get by the rest of the day on just the Ibuprofen. But, if I felt the pain coming at all I would go ahead and take the percoset so it wouldn't ever get unbareable.

By two weeks I was only using the Ibuprofen first thing in the morning and only as needed through out the day. And by the end of that week, it was only as needed, but I was doing really well for the most part.

I just had a mindset that I really was going to stay on top of the pain control, and I really liked the pain management set up my doc did cause it really helped right from the start. I could tell a difference once I wasn't getting anymore of the IV med, cause I definitely felt more like I had had surgery after that was out of my system, but it wasn't unbareable at all.

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Registered: 09-23-2010
Tue, 08-09-2011 - 11:20am
I had a spinal (which was wearing off at the end of the surgery, during closure) and some slight morphine in the iv (which I had a reaction to - dry heaving, motion sickness and itching all over) and then after I had percoset and motrin. The percoset really made no difference so I stopped taking it and was just taking motrin. When I came home, the same thing, just motrin. I found the worst pain to be from getting up or sitting down on the coach/car. Walking wasn't too bad, but my feet/ankles were huge so they hurt more from that.
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Registered: 01-19-2008
Tue, 08-09-2011 - 12:51pm
I can't remember the name of the IV med they used, but I know it wasn't morphine. It began with an L, I think.
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Registered: 06-17-2007
Tue, 08-09-2011 - 5:05pm

I had a spinal. Then I had morphine in an IV PCA system. About 12 hours after the delivery they took that off and I took two percosets every four hours and 800 mg ibuprofen for a couple days. Then I spaced them out to one every three. I just gradually spaced them out until I wasn't taking them at all, just ibuprofen.




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Community Leader
Registered: 01-19-2008
Tue, 08-09-2011 - 8:23pm

I had to look up the PCA to see what that was.

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Registered: 03-31-2003
Wed, 08-10-2011 - 9:51pm
As soon as the baby was out, I got a shot of morphine through my IV. That lasted until sometime that evening (have no idea of the time, but c/s was at 10:50 am). I had no more IV meds for pain (just finished antibiotics and fluids through the night). I was given percocet and ibuprofen 800 when I asked for it (every 4 or 6 hours, I can't remember). One nurse was really good about having my pills in her pocket every time she came to check on me though, cause she knew I'd ask for it. I was sent home on the same regimen. After the first 4 or 5 days at home (1 week pp) I really tried to make it through the day without the meds but at night I needed them to sleep because laying down hurt so much. My back had really started to hurt too because I tried to stay in one position all night because I just couldn't stand to move. I think I probably quit the pain meds all together after 4 weeks.

Manda :)

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Registered: 09-23-2010
Fri, 08-12-2011 - 2:57pm
My doctor only sent me home with a script for 20 pills, lol!

My nurses weren't that good with having the pills ready, but I think that's because everything was electronic and they had to scan my bracelet before they took the pills off the cart and so on. Annoying, lol.
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Registered: 01-19-2008
Fri, 08-12-2011 - 3:43pm
I have to say, my doc was well prepared for this whole pain mgmt thing!! I'm very happy about that!!
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