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Preventing Pain After Surgery

ME/CFS and probably FM patients will want to consider using the right anesthesia and doing saline IV's before and after surgery. He also doesn't mention that one study found that Lyrica taken just before surgery helped reduce post-operative pain.

Some of the suggestions are below - see the full article for more
  • Take oral nonnarcotic pain medication such as Celebrex, if allowed by your doctor, the night before and the morning of surgery.
  • Find the combination of nonnarcotic plus narcotic medications that relieve post-op pain, yet minimize the nausea normally associated with them. We use T&T first, Tylenol and Toradol, because they are great pain relievers without the narcotic downsides. When combined with ice, elevation and soft tissue massage, narcotics can often be avoided.
  • The role of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) and other medical compounds extracted from cannabis is being evaluated in several studies. There probably is an important role for drugs that cause disengagement, mellowness and euphoria in the postoperative time. The dosing and FDA approved recommendations are not yet available.
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