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Unnecessary Surgery Addict
If a recovering addict with 4 years clean has surgery & has to take pain pills, how does she do it without getting re-addicted? I can't take the pain!
Avoid narcotics: This requires a frank conversation with your sponsor and your doc. There are some great non-narcotic pain relievers that you can use. Unfortunately, your history of opioid abuse has likely decreased your pain tolerance. You might have to endure a little more post-op pain than someone who can take opioids. In the end, you need to maintain your sobriety. Call your sponsor and then call your doc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Independent opinion: When in doubt regarding any medical question, consider getting a second opinion. In your case, seek out a board-certified plastic surgeon, not connected in any way to your present surgeon (preferably unknown to him/her, or at least don't reveal his/her identity). Make it clear to the second surgeon that you are NOT considering surgery with this him or her, and you'll get an honest opinion. ...Read more
When you are a recovering addict in the methadone clinic and have to have surgery what do you do for the pain? And to add to the problem you have a large tolerance built up by the pills you where on and now the methadone you take to get your self clean is
Endocarditis: Intravenous drug use is can introduce bacteria into the blood stream either from the needle or the skin. These bacteria can infect the heart valves. This is called endocarditis. This can sometimes be treated with antibiotics (and treatment for drug addiction), but sometimes also requires surgery. ...Read more
Valve teplacement: IV drug use can introduce bacteria into the blood stream, which can destroy the heart valve or make them not function well. the valves can sometimes be repaired, but often have to be replaced. if the IV drug use continues, the risk of recurrent infection is very high. ...Read more
Rx 4 fentanyl patch25 was on perc 10 read warnings scared to use it am in severe pain pending multiple surgeries don't want to die or become an addict?
Pain management: Guidelines for analgesic use published by the american pain society recommend that, as a general rule, any analgesic regimen should include a nonopioid drug even if the pain is severe enough to require the addition of an opioid. It is also suggested that analgesic medications, especially the opioids, be prescribed on a scheduled, around the clock. Rec.: talk to your surgeon about pain management. ...Read more
Plastic surgery: Plastic surgeons are both aesthetic and reconstructive surgeons so that is a difficult answer. Many people are born with deformities are obtain breast cancer or are in accidents who need the help of a plastic surgeon. Aesthetic surgery is elective and depends on how the patients feels and wants. ...Read more
Is 3 weeks too soon for ureteroscopy on 4mm kidney stone? I am in only mild pain intermittently. Wait or surgery? Don't want unnecessary surgery.
Good question: A 4 mm stone has a very good chance of passing over several weeks. You could wait up to 6 weeks if you continue to be comfortable ...Read more
My face is gaunt. I have a good diet and lifestyle, and I don't want to get surgery. What can I do?
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