I hope this is not going to be a case of 'posting to soon'.
After being discharged 6 weeks after surgery for a bypass (discharged on 17th July) I have had an up and down recovery. I put a lot of blame on driving even though I did very little. I have been poorly and in a lot of pain EVERYWHERE! I have struggled to go to bed as I have pain in my back, arms, elbows, collar bone, chest and even toothache. The pain has been mainly in my left side but I have had occasional pain on the right side of my back.
It has always really felt like muscles or nerves although when I have felt ill it was hard to say what it was.
The GP kept telling me that after a big operation and considering the procedure I was likely to suffer, so I kept popping the pain killers and doing very little.
Sunday 13th August I was in agony, even the pain killers didn't take the pain completely away and I was taking the tablets every 4-5 hours and planning to take 2 about 9 - 10 pm and go to bed. That Sunday after being in pain all day all of a sudden as I was timing my last tablets, the pain eased off and I managed to have a lovely shower and relax pain and pill free.
I did take a couple of pills before going to bed to help me sleep and 'just in case' but since then things have really improved, I still have some pain (nothing like it was) and when I have finished driving for the day I still take 2 pain killers.
I have had a few false starts so am trying not to get too excited, but after 6 days and feeling that I am at last healing and improving I feel a little more confident to post.
I wanted to post this as I felt I was the only one still feeling so much pain after being discharged, especially after having such a good start.
Some advice though, check your pills before leaving the pharmacy as I collected my 100 co - codamol (so I thought) on Thursday, I opened the box yesterday to find there was only 60 in there. I thought that each prescription was checked by 2 people so was somewhat surprised.
I phoned and have to take everything back in when I am next in Tesco I just hope they don't think I am a junkie and diddling them out of 40 tablets!!
I know this can be a long and painful recovery but keep at it!!