After a couple orthopedic surgeries, it's my opinion that orthopedic surgeons don't have any idea how much pain they cause their patients. Perhaps it's vengeful of me, but I'd kinda like to see the roles reversed. I bet they'd sing a different song if they had to be the subject of an orthopedic surgery as part of their training. <P>You're on oxycontin, Jim?? That's pretty seruous stuff. It can be addictive if abused and consequently has a substantial street value. It is similar to oxycodone, but not nearly as long acting. Oxycodone worked best for me of the various pain medications they tried. I found morphine to be miserable stuff; the pain was still their, but I was too confused to say anything about it. Plus, it had some undesirable side effects. Codene worked fairly well, but not nearly as well as oxycodone. I had an epidural for my most recent surgery, and while that lasted, I was nearly pain-free. That was excellent. The best thing about oxycodone was that I did not find it to be the least bit addicting. <P>Speaking of yelling at medical personnel . . . I'm afraid I may have nearly ended a budding medical career when I was being transfered from a gurney to bed while still under anesthesia. Some poor candy striper tried to support the leg that had just been operated on. I let out a scream heard all across the fifth floor of the hospital. I remember the moment of pain (it's my standard for a "10"), but not the scream. The other thing I remember is wondering, as the world spun around, if that leg was still attached. The next day I found out that the poor girl had been mortified. I felt terrible, but I just didn't have control of my faculties at the time.
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