I know I should prob ask a Dr this, but you are all much better sounding boards, & living proof of experience that no Dr or Oncologist could ever hope (or wish) to replicate!
I am coming up on 5 weeks post surgery, & due to my much publicised constipation issues (& significant nausea too) my Onc advised cutting my morphine based painkiller (Oxycontin) down, from 40mg twice a day, gradually to zero, & to 'up' my ibuprofen & paracetamol to the max. Which I have been doing, & am down to just 10mg now.
My issue is I'm being continually woken at night with pain, & therefore end up taking the 10mg albeit this helps for a few hours, & then I feel I'm back to square one. Don't know if I should up it again to 20mg just at night? How long did you all continue to take painkillers? I was very lucky pre my surgery, as once the chemo cleared up my remaining Pleural Effusion I had hardly any pain at all, so was taking nothing in the way of painkillers.
What is/was your level of tummy pain post-surgery, and what advice can you offer. I have a square heated blanket that helps. I'm also wondering how effective the paracetamol/ ibuprofen combination is after a month's continued use. Having watched the excellent documentary on BBC "The Dr who gave up drugs" you do wonder...
Thanks in advance, don't know what I did before this forum, or your warm reassuring answers, so big hugs to you all!