Why pain so long after a laproscopy, how do I manage the pain and go back to work?
So, laproscopy procedure 10 days ago, L ovary removed, D & C, and the Dr told me I "should be recovered within 3-4 days" or less. What a nice thought~
I was under the impression that I should be feeling good enough to go back to work, ... I am a teacher and it is not a lot of heavy lifting, but I need to be up and down and have full brain function.
At first when I had pain I took the medication, then when I was "assumed" to be recovered, 4 days later, I laid off the narcotic and was getting ready to go back to work. 5 days after the surgery I felt almost worse because there was no more numbness in my abdomen. I slowed down again, did most nothing for the next two days and still did not get better.
I went in for an appointment 7 days post surgery. I told of the pain and they did an ultrasound. The Dr explained to me that "Everything looks normal, you will have some discomfort." ..but that I could just take the pain medication if I could not tolerate the pain. After reading other information online I am blown away that my Dr told me a "few" days recovery. Really? He made me feel like I am a wimp and that I was taking advantage of being off work. I sincerely do want to go back to work.
How can I REALLY go back to work~ on a narcotic? or with stabbing pains every time I stand up or sit down?
I decided to take one more week off work and hope to get the pain managed. I am searching for answers...
Why the stabbing pain? Do I work through it or avoid it as much as possible? and How am I to manage the pain and be an effective teacher? Is there a pain medication that relieves the internal pain and does not mess with your brain?
It can take 1-2 weeks to recover. First surgery I had I was good to go in 1 week, the second it took 2. This can vary depending on the person. As for the narcotics, they help the pain but with the side effects. Have you tried taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen for the pain? If not this might help until you have more time to heal.
I hope that the pain will go away and that you'll be able to get up and going again!
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