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    I have had different experiences at different hospitals - it just depends on how busy the staff are and what hospital you are in.

    I had ankle surgery at one (private) hospital - I was in agony and it took them 4 hrs to get me any pain relief at all. I ended up going home the next day simply so that I could manage my own pain releif (my Dr had wanted me to stay another night .. to ensure my pain was under control but due to the issues in actually GETTING any pain relief, I went home).

    3 days later it was clear I had a major chest infection - luckily (I suppose ) I have major medical issues so have a regular specialist. I called him and he had me admitted to the private hospital he usually attends at. I was admitted tot he cancer ward there - so perhaps that makes a difference, but the treatment I received there was awesome (I was there a week)

    I am used to managing my own pain medication requirements (chronic issue so is a normal thing for me) - and they were fantastic. Worked with me and managed everything wonderfully. Even though I wasnt admitted for my ankle issues, they still got a physio to come and see me, helped me with everything to do with it etc ...

    Its just luck of the draw.

    that you have a good experience.

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    I took my own panadol and antidepressant to hospital, just told the midwives when I took it and they wrote it down on the med chart. They were happy for me to do it that way once they'd established that I knew the guidelines and was only taking pain relief twice a day at most. wRecently I had abdominal surgery and no I wouldn't have done it then as I was actually sick and out of it, on strong pain meds, not really safe to be dosing myself up. I was really surprised by the midwives not having a problem with it in hospital (as its a big no-no where I work) but obviously their policy allowed it and I was totally self-caring so it was great not having to wait for them to be free.

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    I'm surprised at the drugs some are given for c/s. I was offered nurofen and panadol and that's all I had. My experience is that nurofen is the best of the lot be it for c/s or vb. I would probably just be buzzing the nurses and re buzzing them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheeeeesecake View Post
    So for my last baby, i asked for panadol after the birth, & was told they were too busy. I waited over 4 hours, they really just couldnt be stuffed bringing it in TBH, i ended up leaving &stopping by the chemist with my baby on the way home so I could get some freaking panadol, lol. Did anyone Just bring their own panadol in to hospital so they could get some pain relief? Or do the midwives get pi$$y that youve brought it in yourself?
    Yep this was me too. Kept buzzing for panadol (had 2nd degree tear) only received it twice in 24 hours so I rang hubby in tears to bring me in some.
    This time I'll be bringing my own.
    The midwives were far too busy to change my bloody sheets or to even check on me, show me how to change a nappy or let alone answer my buzzer or give me panadol. Just an awful experience and will be prepared this time- and leaving as soon as I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Miss Sunshine View Post
    Yep this was me too. Kept buzzing for panadol (had 2nd degree tear) only received it twice in 24 hours so I rang hubby in tears to bring me in some.
    This time I'll be bringing my own.
    The midwives were far too busy to change my bloody sheets or to even check on me, show me how to change a nappy or let alone answer my buzzer or give me panadol. Just an awful experience and will be prepared this time- and leaving as soon as I can.
    I felt sad reading that. That's what my first birth was like. Over stretched middies that had lost their compassion. Makes me feel so lucky my 2nd and 3rd weren't like that. Terrible you have to take in panadol just to get some pain relief

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    My hospital was great. When they come in to do the obs every few hours they would ask me how my pain was and whether I wanted any pain relief. Sometimes it would take them 10 minutes but most times they would do it straight away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meredithgrey View Post
    Do you want a paracetamol overdose or liver damage with your caesarean? Its a max of 4g/24 hours (so 1g every 6 hours) for a reason. Endone is a completely different drug.

    To OP the answer is no, don't take your panadol to hospital. Even though it's "just panadol" it still needs to be put on your medication chart as to when and how much was given.

    It's really not that hard to give someone some freaking panadol, I would just keep pressing your buzzer until someone brings you some. Most carry a packet around in their pockets anyway.
    except when you buzz, ask and get requested to 'turn the buzzer off, I'll be there in a minute' and four hours later nothing :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Miss Sunshine View Post
    Yep this was me too. Kept buzzing for panadol (had 2nd degree tear) only received it twice in 24 hours so I rang hubby in tears to bring me in some.
    This time I'll be bringing my own.
    The midwives were far too busy to change my bloody sheets or to even check on me, show me how to change a nappy or let alone answer my buzzer or give me panadol. Just an awful experience and will be prepared this time- and leaving as soon as I can.
    when I had my first the midwife took him at 1 am so I could get some rest (before anyone says anything no I didnt ask and yes I am aware that its my kid so its upto me), he was brought back by someone else at 3 am and I was told they'd be 'back in a minute' I had a second degree episiotomy, no pain relief and had no freaking idea what I was doing with a newborn,

    7 am someone finally came back, I was a mess :/ I had ****ed out blood, the bed was covered in it (im a heavy bleeder) and I had no idea where to even start with any of it, bub was vomiting because of his vacuum extraction and I had no idea what I was doing.

    thankfully it picked up after that and I developed a bit of confidence

    ETA - I dont blame anyone for anything so no need for defensiveness, I understand theyre freaking busy, the midwives out here also work around in ER / general ward so they could be over in ER or in the baby section of our hospital at any point in time, just in my experience if youre taking nothing but panadol yes take your own, busy place and sitting with an injured body and no pain relief for hours is horrid
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    Default bringing your own pain relief to hospital?

    At the hospital I work at if you don't feel you are receiving the right treatment you can escalate your concern/trouble straight to the district manager. If you even mention escalating it to a nurse they will sh*t themselves and quickly do what you want or try and resolve the problem as it means big trouble for them and the ward you are on. It's sad that it has to get to that stage but it works.

    Feel sad for the ladies that have had to medicate themselves or go home early just to get a dose of panadol I can be so busy I think I'm going to drop dead but if somebody requests pain relief I always make sure it gets done asap. (RN not midwife but same principal if someone's in pain)

    ETA - in answer to the op I wouldn't medicate yourself as I think it could make it difficult for the nurses to keep track of your meds. As others have said I would keep buzzing and if it's really not getting done ask to speak to the manager as you have been waiting for however long in pain and keep getting fobbed off. Otherwise if you do take your own meds just make sure you tell the nurses so they can write it on your medication chart that you have self administered.
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    I had some in my toiletry bag JIC for my 2nd birth. My 1st emergency CS I was on a self administered peth drip and I hated it. I would press the button, zone out while it kicked in for a few minutes, feel lucid and no pain for a few minutes, then building pain and counting the seconds before I could push it again.

    My plan was, if I was on the drip again, to ask for paracetamol as well to smooth out the bumps and, if they said no or it was at a time when they couldn't get it signed off, I was ready to self medicate.

    I didn't need to in the end as they had me on completely different pain management.


 

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