The first time they gave me big yellow generic vicodin 10mg with 500 mg tylenol. 3 Days worth. I ran out long before I stopped needing them. That was a very painful surgery.And, Joe what did your doctor give you after surgery?
Vicodin? Tylenol 3 w/codeine?
Complete shoulder rebuild including cutting off the clavicle ( I think that is it's name) bone and then cutting away and repairing the damage to the rotator and other stuff in there. I'm not sure on names of shoulder parts. The bone had deteriorated to a knife edge and had sliced the stuff up. That needed a second surgery months later to clean up things as well as get rid of bone spurs that had developed since surgery. I got to see a photo of the bone that was cut off and sent for biopsy. I still have copies of all the surgical reports somewhere around here.What type surgery were they?
About two years later I had to get the other shoulder done the same way but that one wasn't as bad off to begin with as it had been caught sooner. Perhaps that is why all the subsequent surgeries with the same surgeon I only had the smaller, less powerful vicodin at the same 3 day supply. I stress that they told me to call if I needed more pain meds but I didn't. At that point whatever I was lacking in pain control was my fault for not speaking up.
On Tramadol: I was given a few by a doctor as samples back when they could still do that. That is how I knew what they were when in the last 6 months of his life I was giving Finn the mastiff tramadols for his hip problems. They worked for him and got him walking better. He would ask for meds in the way a dog will ask an observant owner for anything if I forgot and went too long between doses. Not having insurance for my dogs meds showed me how expensive that stuff could be. I was spending $500 a month on his meds, shots and special stuff the last year of his life. He had abscesses that didn't heal and I had to either keep him on antibiotics ( 3 times a day) daily or get one $300 injection per month. Without the antibiotics he would develop fevers then begin throwing up . At that stage he still did well and was happy so I didn't want to euthanize him just because he was expensive. I know some that would have but for me quality of life not expense was always my deciding factor with my pets. I believe the Tramadol was a bit over $100 per month for Finn.