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Pain tolerance question

Dec 06, 2016 4:46 AM

So at my check up from surgery the Dr gave me more pain meds because she says I have a high pain tolerance. At the time I didn't think to much of it I was just glad to have the additional help with pain control. As the last week went on and ive been trying to back off the pain meds I've been thinking more and more on the statement she made. So is having a high pain tolerance good or bad?
What do y'all think?

Dec 06, 2016 5:55 AM

Hmmm that is a difficult question to figure out ... Before fibromyalgia I had high tolerance not now. I think because of my high pain tolerance I didn't go the hospital sooner.
I think it's great your Dr understands your body and is saying stop bucking up with the pain and let's get your body really comfortable to heal.

Dec 06, 2016 5:57 AM

I think that people that are stoic and have a high tolerance for pain might back of the pain Meds too early bc the body is trying to heal and pain doesn't help that happen. Too much pain raises heart rate in my situation so become fatigued. As a result my pain meds were increased and my well being improves.

Dec 06, 2016 6:18 AM

I am the same way beckstar. I'm in heart rate lowering meds do to my pain levels begin constantly high.
Foggurl , I'm so glad I've found this Dr. She is awesome. And even in the hospital i didn't ask for pain meds til it was over redline.

Dec 06, 2016 6:22 AM

Yes I'm hearing you 😊 keep that heart rate down and it's good to know there are some great drs that understand

Dec 06, 2016 3:47 PM

Honestly, i just feel the grass is always greener you know? People with a low pain tolerance might dream of being able to handle pain better, and they might be over cautious. People with a high pain tolerance might be too stubborn or not realize they need help.

Be proud that you are strong! But don't forget to be nice to your body and give it plenty of time to heal! 💞

Dec 06, 2016 8:01 PM

Be careful with doctors, i found that saying high pain tolerance really means high pain meds tolerances when they say it. And yes after over 25 years of meds i have built up a bit of a tolerance lol

Dec 06, 2016 8:05 PM

I agree with that happy... I have begun to build a tolerance too. To the point I have to make the anesthesiologist that I have woken up early during a surgery.

Dec 06, 2016 8:11 PM

Newfibrogirl, my high pain tolerance comes from my body's inability to tolerate high doses or various standard pain meds. I guess it's a natural survival mode. But once my pain reaches high enough I don't care about the risks. Trying to come off my pain patch following my neck surgery was a bad move and I paid for it dearly. Trust the doctor and yourself. Hugs love and prayers she is going to be a very good doctor for you! 🙂💕🙏🌸

Dec 06, 2016 10:32 PM

I have a tolerance to high doses of meds, if they put up a dose of the medication I'm on too high my body can't cope with it, I can't cope with it. The high dose counteracts the benefits.....the high dose makes me over tired so I can't cope with everyday life and increases my pain as everything is worse when I'm over tired!!!
Be kind to yourself, listen to your doctor if you need the pain meds then take them.
If you think your feeling better and can cope with the pain still stay on the dose for another 1-2 days before reducing your dose. When you do start to cut back keep your doctor informed and do it very slow.....you don't want your body to go into shock or withdrawal from cutting back too quickly.
Cut back with small doses say 10mg and take that for at least 5-7 days before you reducing the med again and keeping at that dose for another 5-7days and so on.
If you reduce the pain med too quickly it will cause you more pain and bad withdrawal symptoms.

I hope your starting to feel better now xx
Sending you positive vibes and hugz to help you heal xx

Dec 07, 2016 2:04 AM

Flappys and sezzy thanks for your input. I do feel this Dr is a good match. She has actually discharge me back to her partner the surgeon who did my last surgery. Who's also just as awesome. I've been very thankful for the extra pain relief.

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