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Surgery + Taper
Jan 25, 2008
Hi all,

I had my gallbladder removed yesterday. It went well and the 3 stones were nicknamed Daddy, Mommy and Baby!

I had a moment of pause after the surgery when the nurse asked me what types of post-op pain meds I've tolerated well. I had given this a lot of thought in the days before the surgery. Here I am, trying to break a 2 year addiction to Norco (hydrocodone 10/325) and have been slowwwly tapering since I began posting on this thread about a month ago.

So what I said was: As you can see, I've had a lot of surgeries and because of that, I've gotten dependent on them. I've been taking Norco for the last 2 years because of my back and am tapering off of them as my back heals. I don't want to un-do everything I've worked so hard in the last month. I don't have many more Norcos left so I want to continue using them and I want you to only give me enough new meds to get me through 1-2 weeks of post-op pain.

She was very compassionate yet took me seriously and asked me about my tapering schedule, to see (I think) if I was tapering too quickly (and thus possibly more prone to relapse). We counted out the number of pills and that's what I got. They gave me Percoset 5/325, (The VA doesn't have Norco in its formulary). I gave the pills to my mother-in-law who drove me home and has been taking care of me while Wife is at work.

It's a lot of pain but I feel "good" in that I feel like I am in control of not only my present...but my future. I feel good that I was honest and not ecstatic that the surgery would yield me another supply of "goodies". I feel good that I told my primary doctor that I would not overlap the VA's post op meds with another refill from her.

Sure I have anxious moments and mentally this has been rough but I am remembering old me, who didn't need pills to get through the day.

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