I am home and sitting for the most part comfortably. I use the term loosely and for the first time today. I consider myself to be pretty tough with a high pain threshold. Child birth, a c-section, multiple surgical biopsies and the massive bilateral prophylactic mastectomy and DIEP flap all added to my ability to handle more than my fair share of pain.
Why do I list this? Well everyone heading into today gave great feedback on the procedure. I actually know many people who themselves have had it done and the universal feeling is a wonderful long-term result and most agree that there was minimal pain involved. As I went into the surgical center today I went in very calm and felt confident about the next few days. Then an interesting thing happened. My doctor came in and talked about any pain over the next few days will be nothing more than that of “normal menstrual cramps”. After the first breast revision surgery last summer, my surgeon at the time talked in a similar way about how pain-free things would be. I remember the awful throbbing and sever pain. After calling his office for stronger pain meds I remember him saying that yes it had been a big surgery.
When my doc today sounded the same, I decided to be a bit more proactive and asked if I would be sent home with any pain meds. She seemed totally taken back and informed me that she did not even have her script pad. I quickly looked at my husband who went to the internet on his phone to find a phone number to the drug store for something to be called in. I told her that I would rather have something and not need it than have to hunt her down over the weekend.
This brings us to the point…THANK GOD I DID! At the hospital they talked about the fact that I have a retroverted uterus and the extremely thick lining which to me was like whatever…what it meant was the most intense cramps I have ever had! After some Tylenol with codeine and perception Motrin I have finally reached a point of calm. All I have to say to the doctor is normal cramps my ass and thank-you for bowing to my request for meds!