What pain meds work well for Gastric bypass patients?
Good Morning. I am a gastric bypass patient 13 years out from surgery and maintaining my 150 lb weight loss. I have chronic daily pain from arthritis, degenerative disc disease, cervical herniated disc(s), torn meniscus, labral tear in my hip and recurring tendonitis in various places. I take Hydrocodone/Apap 10mg/325 4 times daily for pain since as gastric bypass patients we are not supposed to take NSAIDS. I get very little relief from this. It is in pill form. Does anyone else that is a weight loss surgery patient have this issue and find that it is due to malabsorption and/or anyone taking pain meds in liquid form get better relief?
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Im approaching 14 years of successful RNY gastric bypass. Please don’t take Aleve or Motrin. You could get a bleeding ulcer. I was always told no NSAIDS. Keep following that no NSAIDS rule. See a doctor if your elbow pain continues.
My doc said the same no matter how far out you are.
@momther sorry I am so late in input.. some post just get thrown into my junk mail and it may be weeks before I see a post I am tagged in.
My surgery in 2014 was not for weight loss, but for a hiatal hernia. Same surgery.. and same advice. No Nsaids because it can cause ulcers… more likely to be bleeding ones. That said .. I get migraine headaches a few times a year.. thankfully, not as often as I used to.. and so far I “have not” been able to get good results from migraine medications. At the first sign of onset of a migraine I take two extra strength Tylenol and one regular aspirin. Usually one dose is enough to prevent, sometimes I have to do two doses. I take the meds with food.
I also have osteoarthritis and some tendonitis in various places in my body. When low weather fronts come through the pain gets pretty bad. I take 5 mg of oxycodone up to four times a day for chronic pain I have… but it does very little for arthritis. I use an arthritic cream to help ease the pain… everyone is different, so experiment and you will find what works the best for you. Ice or moist heat can help. My body likes moist heat best and I use a microwave heating pad similar to what most physical therapist use. If extremely bad pain I make an appointment with my primary/family doctor. He will give me a toradol injection and sometimes a steroid (depro medrol) injection. I do that two or three times a year. If it is only you elbow you may want to see a pain specialist or orthopedist that can place an injection of steroid or other medication into the joint.
I hope you get relief.
I too am a gastric bypass patient since 2004. I have major back problems from 3 car accidents and a serious slip and fall. I have been going to Pain Mgmt since 2012. At first I had Epidural shots. They worked great the first time and for 8 months I was out of pain. When the pain came back, I went back in and had them again. Unfortunately not only did they not work then, but I tried them a 3rd time and they did not work again. I ended up on Oxy and after a very short time I told my doctor that I could not funtion on them and to try something else. For the next 11 years I was on 30 mg of Moraphine ER which is a time release capsule. It worked very well. It never made me feel high and I was able to continue working. I took Diluidid for break thru pain but did not have to take that very often. After 11 years, I just recently decided to get off Morphine because I noticed, as did others, that I was having short term memory loss. It wasn't fun getting off the meds but if you do it slowly, you can do it. I've been off all meds for 2 weeks now and hope to have a procedure called Radiofrequency Ablation done on my back soon. This is where they use hot radio waves on the affected areas that burn the nerve endings so they won't send pain to the brain anymore. Sure hope it works!!!
Ask your doctor if you can switch to 30mg of Morphine ER. It's a time release capsule. I never felt high when I took it. I too am a gastric bypass patient. I took this for 11 years. I just recently weened off because I was noticing a little short term memory loss that could be related.. I am getting ready to try a procedure called Radiofrequency Ablation. The Morphine worked great but you have to ween off very very slowly if you ever decide to get off of it. It took me about 4 months.
Gail, I feel your pain. I too am a gastric bypass patient who has to go to Pain Mgmt due to major back problems. At first I had Epidural shots which for 8 months worked miracles. When the pain eventually came back , I tried them 2 more times but they did not work again. This all started 12 years ago. 11 years ago my doctor said let's try pills. She put me on Oxycodone and after a very short time I said get me off this as I could not function!!! She then put me on 30mg of Morphine ER which is a time release capsule. I have taken it for the last 11 years and used Hydromophone for break thru pain. However, the Moraphine ER worked so well that I did not need the break thru meds very often. Moraphine ER never ever made me feel high and I was able to continue working. I recently seemed off all pills as I started noticing short term memory loss which may or may not be related to the pills. You must ween slowly off these. It took me 4 months but it can be done. Now I am hoping to have a procedure called Radiofrequency Ablation which they use needles to burn the nerve endings in the affected area so pain no longer reaches the brain. Praying it works as right now I am in excruciating pain!
grandmaR, I see that you have had Radiofrequency Ablation. I am supposed to have that soon. Did it work for you? How painful was it?
I do not want to lie, it was painful.
However, once the procedure is over, so is the pain.
Sadly, it did not help me.
I had it done twice on my back.
Since then, I've had 2 back surgeries.
Hello @peacocks5577 and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Thank you for joining the discussion and sharing a little about your story with members.
When is your procedure scheduled for?
I was supposed to have it back in January but my doctor who was from India was called home on a family emergency. Every month since then he was supposed to be back and has not made it back yet! He was the only doctor there that could do these procedures. I had to find a new Pain Mgmt doctor who can do that procedure. I have my first consultation with her tomorrow so I am hoping shortly thereafter, that I can get it done.