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I am a 24 year old woman who has been battling chronic back and neck pain for the past six years. I am writing this blog to help others and to educate others about Peripheral Nerve Field Stimulation (PNFS) which is a new application for Neuromodulation technology that treats pain. My trial PNFS implant is scheduled for Monday, July 6th, 2009 and the final surgery is scheduled for Tuesday, July 21st, 2009. I will be documenting my journey through the process. _____________________________________

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A shark bit me in the ass

I am in the most gut wrenching pain. I feel like a shark took a bite out of my ass. This morning I layed awake in bed until my fiance got up and I could ask him to help me out of bed. He went to help pull me up and I screamed out in pain so we tried to roll me out of bed instead. It was so incredibly painful and difficult to get out of bed I felt like the implant site was going to rip apart. I then limped my way to the bathroom to try to pee for the first time in 12 hours but no such luck. I was in such severe pain I could not even go to the restroom. After about 10 minutes I pulled myself up and went to take my pain medications. Last night after the surgery I think I took about 8 hydrocodone in total (in addition to the morphine that was probably in my system). This morning I took two hydrocodone (I'm supposed to take one every 6 hours) and aimlessly wondered about waiting for it to kick in becuase I cannot sit down. Well here I am 4 hours later and I still cannot sitdown or laydown. If I do sit or lay I feel like the implant site is being ripped out of my body. I have called the doctor and they told me to take as many hydrocodone as I want to but they wont give me anything stronger. So should I take half the bottle then if that is all that relieves my pain? That is not a very responsible way to take care of your patients. If they would give me something different I could probably take one pill AS PRESCRIBED and be ok. Now instead I will just endanger myself by taking more than the recommended dose. Assholes. I cannot even freaking sitdown on the couch. This sort of treatment of patients should be illegal. It is not right to make your patients suffer when they do not have to. I feel like no one understands how much pain I am in and they are instead treating me as a drug seeking which is so frustrating. My fiance is at work and I am home alone so I cannot get into bed because I will not be able to get out. Bad bad bad bad bad bad day.

1 comment:

  1. That is absolutely unacceptable that they won't give you a stronger painkiller! There is no reason for you to be suffering like that. Hydrocodone is NOT strong enough to take care of that kind of pain. Did you actually talk to your doctor, or just his nurses? I'd call back. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. If the nurses won't listen, tell them you want to speak to the doctor TODAY. Fighting pain like that only slows your recovery. They should know that. I'm so sorry you are hurting so much.