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Saturday, August 09, 2008
  Why Would I Need 25 Percocet Tablets?

After my little Ambulance ride on Tuesday, I knew that the surgery for the AV Fistula had to go through. My creatinine was 8.9 at the hospital, which means I could go in for Dialysis anytime I feel like it. I was hoping to wait until my creatinine got to 10, but this excess fluid that's interfering with my breathing might make me go sooner. If I had wanted to, I could have gone on dialysis a couple of months ago. My surgery had been scheduled for a month now and there was no way I was walking out of there without it, no matter what my hematocrit was.

ABL took me to the hospital, everything went smoothly. Dr. C.W. Lee redid my plumbing, and then inserted a balloon up my vein to enlarge it a bit near the inside of the elbow. I woke up at the end bandaged up and ready to go home. Funny thing though, they didn't give me any wound care instructions with my discharge paperwork.

Yeah, the stitches freak me out a bit too. Even more freaky? The thrill. The "thrill" is a pulsing sensation, that can be felt as the arterial blood hits the venous blood. If you put your ear up to it, it sounds like you're listening to the heart through a stethoscope.

I did get a prescription for 25 percocet tablets, what's up with that? I think I've used 5 and probably could have gotten by with 3 or maybe just Tylenol. Are they trying to to turn me into a junkie?

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So.. whenever I've had a surgery in the last 10 years (probably 5 of said events) I've always walked out with a script for 40 vicodan or percoset's. Most often lately it's been vicodan.

I have no idea why, never for a knee injury did I need more than 3, and for my worst event (shoulder reconstruction) I only needed 5.

Doctors being a little bit too permissive with the scripts maybe??
My name is Mike Conlin and i would like to show you my personal experience with Percocet.

I am 20 years old. Have been on Percocet for 25 days now. This drug works very well for pain, however be aware that it is EXTREMELY ADDICITVE if not taken appropriately. Dependence/tolerance is easily built up, and it will make you feel euphoric if enough is taken. My best advice is to throw them out if you ever feel you are taking them for anything other then the exact reason they were prescribed

I have experienced some of these side effects-
dizzyness, lightheadedness, a sort of euphoric feeling, odd dreams, drowsyness and also itchyness. The itchyness is very sporadic (for lack of a better word) and comes in different spots all over my body, although not very intense if taken appropriately.

I hope this information will be useful to others,
Mike Conlin
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I've gone through kidney failure twice. The first time in 2000, my mother donated a kidney; and again in 2008, I'm on dialysis waiting for a breakthrough in immuno-suppression medicines before seeking a new kidney.

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