Hello yet again. I had a CRT-P implanted almost 5 days ago and the incision is extremely painful. The doctor's office was able to call in a prescription for 12 tablets of hydrocodone w/acetaminophen but I've only taken a couple since Saturday. I've been using a combination of two extra strength Ibuprofen and one extra strength tylenol together every 6 hours that my PCP had recommended.He said that particular combination works really well as an alternative to opiods for a ruptured L5-S1 and it actually does work pretty well. Although... I usually go longer mostly because I just forget to take them.
My incision stings or burns if I move my arm at all and last night I woke up over and over from the pain. I spent several hours working on Christmas bows and and decorations for a Christmas Tree for our local hospital foundation's Annual Festival of Trees. My trees usually bring in $2,000 to $3,000 at the Gala auction and I had committed last year and only found out a couple weeks ago that I needed a new pacemaker. I had two people to help decorate today so I wouldn't overdo by reaching etc. The incision does look somewhat red.
Because of the holiday I'm not scheduled for my post-op follow-up until next Monday but I'm not sure I should wait that long. What makes it tough is that the doctor is over an hour away.
Has anyone out there had similar pain following an implant? Ok gotta get to bed even though I'm dreading it. Good night.