Dec 2014, Pain-Caused Sleep Disruption May Slow Patient Recovery

Poor sleep caused by pain after surgery can prolong a patient’s hospital length of stay, a new study has found. Not exactly earth-shattering news, but now there are data to prove it…

They found that patients in greater pain had significantly decreased sleep efficacy and woke up more frequently. The researchers suggested that better pain management could improve sleep and recovery time. The findings will be presented at the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s annual meeting.

Face it, without adequate pain management, treatment with surgery is going to be an option that fewer and fewer patients make…

You say I’m being referred to a surgeon?

And now the surgeon wants to operate?  But I’m only allowed pain medication for a total of 2 weeks to 45 days after surgery, if that?  And I have to sign a pain contract, pee in cups, have surprise pill counts, and face shame at the pharmacy and through my insurance company — just to get that?

Now that I think about it… Dr. Surgeon, am I at risk for being caught in the terrible throws of an opiate addiction if I agree to pain management with surgery and drugs?  Is surgery possible without drugs?  (Sorry, silly question…)

So, you have a 70% success rate?  What exactly does “success” after surgery mean?

What if surgery makes the pain worse?  More surgery?  And I’m only allowed to have pain relief — before, during, and for a short time after —  if I agree to the surgery?  How many pain patients keep having surgery just so they can get pain relief for that short amount of time?

Yeah, thanks, but no thanks.  I was that desperate once, but hopefully, never again…

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