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Old 05-09-2008, 03:17 PM   #1
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no pain meds (1800mg ibuprofen/day) for entire week before surgery!

any suggestions on how to get through the week before surgery w/out pain meds?

 
Old 05-09-2008, 04:38 PM   #2
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Re: no pain meds (1800mg ibuprofen/day) for entire week before surgery!

For most surgeries you can't take antiinflammatory meds because it makes you bleed. Is there any reason that your surgeon told you that you can't take something else like Vicodin or some other pain medication? I would ask.

 
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Old 05-09-2008, 08:54 PM   #3
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Re: no pain meds (1800mg ibuprofen/day) for entire week before surgery!

These medications act as blood thinners. Tylenol ( acetaminophine) is generally the safest bet. Your doctor might prescribe something stronger to help you make until surgery. Be sure to stay away from aspirin and excessive amounts of alcohol as well.
Good luck.

 
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Re: no pain meds (1800mg ibuprofen/day) for entire week before surgery!

I just had my surgery last Monday and I had to stop my ibuprophen for the whole week before. I was taking 800mg three times a day. I took the extended release tylenol during the day and then Vicodin at night if I couldn't get to sleep. I wasn't as comfortable during the day as I was with the Ibuprophen but it wasnt unbearable. Ibuprophen is a pretty strong blood thinner, when they drew my blood at pre testing it took a while for me to stop bleeding. If you dont have anything stronger than tylenol I would ask your Dr to prescribe something at least for at night so you can sleep. Don't take anything you can buy over the counter except tylenol because most of them are what they call NSAIDS (Non steroid Anti Inflammatory Drugs) All of these are anti coagulants and will make you bleed. (Advil, Aleve, Motrin, Aspirin, Naproxen) Vitamin E is also a anticoagulant.

 
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