Exactly a week ago I underwent a laparoscopy and had my stage 4 endometriosis removed. The surgery overall went really well. I was prescribed 600 mg of ibuprofen and hydrocodone. The doctor informed me that I would likely need to take the hydrocodone for a few days but to stop taking it once the ibuprofen was enough. Fortunately for me, the pain relief went smoothly and I didn't have to take the hydrocone.
I took 600 mg of ibuprofen every 8 hours for the first 2 days. For the 3rd and 4th day I instead took tylenol 500 mg every 6 hours, and for days 5 and 6 I did not have any pain so I didn't take anything at all.
Today is day 7 and I have horrible pain. I took 1000 mg of tylenol which gave me no relief and then I took 800 mg of ibuprofen an hour later and still no relief. I have a heating pad on as well which doesn't seem to make a difference. The pain feels like a bruising/gnawing pain.
Is it normal to feel a strong pain a week later after having minimal pain? I also had a 24 hours stomach bug yesterday so I'm not sure if maybe my insides are swollen or ruptured from the extreme bowel movements I had.
I really don't want to take any hydrocodone since the side effects sound really bad and I want to be able to function normally.
Any suggestions on what I can take or do to help relieve the pain?