Re: Fibromyalgia and Surgery Recovery, need advice PLEASE
I would recommend that you speak to your surgeon about your concerns and make sure he understands that you are NOT a drug addict. I recently posted on this forum about a similar experience I had with a surgeon, so I'm speaking form personal experience. You need to speak with your surgeon prior to your surgery and make sure he understands your concerns regarding pain management. If he doesn't agree to manage your pain effectively, then you should seek another surgeon. If he doesn't address your Fm concerns, again, you need to seek another surgeon.
VERY IMPORTANT: interview the anesthesiologist prior to going into the hospital for the surgery. You can do this either via telephone or schedule an in-person appointment. Anesthesiologists are responsible for your pain management and medication during and after surgery. It is very important that you discuss pain management with the anesthesiologist. You can ask your surgeon who the anesthesiologist will be, then contact him.
If any of your Dr's give you any indication that they think you have a drug addiction problem, then I would STRONGLY advise you to walk away from that Dr and find another one.
The single most important thing is to discuss all of your concerns with the surgeon and the anesthesiologist and your primary care Dr in advance, BEFORE you go in for surgery. Don't wait until you're already in the O.R. and the surgeon already has the scalpel in his hand.
Make sure the Dr's all understand about your FM. If they won't take the time to listen to you and address your concerns, then you need to find another Dr.
Never, EVER continue treatment with a Dr that you don't trust and feel comfortable with. Remember, you are HIRING the Dr, that means he works for YOU. He should agree to treat your pain and address your concerns and answer your questions. Never hesitate to "fire" a Dr.
If you discuss these matters prior to surgery and you feel confident that your Dr will manage your pain before, during and after surgery, you will feel much less stressed during the process of surgery and post-op care. Never go into a surgical situation filled with fear and anxiety. To go through surgery in an anxious state will cause your pain to be worse and will affect the healing process. Ask questions, tel the Dr your fears and concerns, and give yourself some time to mentally prepare for surgery.
Hope this helps. If I sound like I'm babbling, it's because my meds just kicked in and my miind is getting foggy again. I'm trying to pass on information to help you. Sorry if I sould like I'm on a soapbox or something. It's just a bad day for me; lots of pain.
Last edited by EverythingHurts; 04-22-2007 at 01:43 PM.