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Special Note: Be sure to follow any specific post-op instructions from your surgeon or nurse.
Once you’re home, you may have some pain, since even minor surgery causes swelling and breakdown of tissue. When it comes to effective pain management, the tips you learned in the hospital also work at home. To get the best pain relief possible, remember these points:
If your pain is not relieved or if it gets worse, call your doctor.
If pain lessens, try taking your medication less often.
Most pain relievers taken by mouth need at least 20–30 minutes to take effect.
Take pain medication at regular times as directed. Don’t wait until the pain gets bad to take it.
Try to time your medication so that you take it before beginning an activity, such as dressing or sitting at the table for dinner.
Taking your medication at night may help you get a good night’s rest.
Constipation is a common side effect with some pain medications. Eating fruit and vegetables can help.
Drink lots of fluids.
Talk to your doctor about taking a preventive bowel regiment.
Mixing alcohol and pain medication can cause dizziness and slow your respiratory system. It can even be fatal.
Avoid driving or operating machinery while taking pain medication.