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 What can a person do for a stiff neck?

I just had surgery for a torn tendon in my finger. after the operatio they presribed me some oxycotin/oxycodone, and this stuff is awsome!! i looked it up and wikipedia said it was similar to ...

 Intense headaches...?
I always have headaches, and lately they've been really bad.
It's my whole head.. not just behind my eyes or in the back of my head or anything.
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 Aspirin and other pain killers ?
I have been adviced to take one aspirin a day to thin blood . What can I take if i need stronger pain killer ? More aspirin or can I take 2 paracetamol ? Or maybe ibuforen ?
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 Im so ill please help! HELP?
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 What vitamin supplement is recommended for joint and muscle pain?

 Ever had stitches or broke a bone, explain?

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I broke my ankle skateboarding, my knee cap came out of it's socket and fractured the bone from slipping on ice, stiches on the top of my foot from broken bottle....

 I took 2 hydrocodone 10 mg tabs withing 30 to 45 mins of each other and now my jaw feels weird, will i be ok?
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 How long till I can drink alcohol after taking vicodin?

 Have you got a pain?

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I have a back pain (3 years now) after I picked up my sister's luggage.
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 My throat really hurts alot and does anybody have anything or any recipe that will help me with the pain!!?
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 Has anyone experienced sharp pains on the right side of there ribcage,also breathing is difficult.?
could anyone give any info to what it might be or how long it may last.much appreciated. thanks....

 What is a good general cure all for a stiff and painful neck?
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 Hi, I'm getting braces on today and I was wondering if it hurts when they put them on?
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 I have a realbad sore throat. it hurts to swallow...ive been like this for a couple days.?
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 Massive throbbing headache for 5 days now. Is this a migraine symptom?
-It started out on the left side of my head and now migrating towards my right.

-My vision has not blurred since, I don't feel nauseuous, I feel completely fine. It's just my ...

 Wondering what is making me hurt so bad?
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 Lip peircing, does it hurt??
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A women has a leg amputation, she regularly refers to her missing leg, should i correct her or humour her?
I'm a student nurse with a portfolio to complete from placement on a surgical Ward. My patient has had a leg amputation.


hi - my mum had her leg amputated and was constantly referring to her missing leg, her sense of humour was such that we could laugh when she went to scratch the missing leg,she did suffer from phantom pains but was given medication to block the pain signals to the brain - so now after all that waffle - I would talk to your patient see how she feels about the op.(some people grieve for the loss of their limb) and take your lead from her. Hope everything goes well - take care.

If has accepted the leg is gone and still has pain this is a phantom pain but, as a student nurse u have to think of the effects of humouring her and correcting her. u have to decide which is more ethical.
I'm also a student nurse and had a case a bit similar in which the pt was confused, sometimes he was ok abt the amputation, other sometimes she became distressed.
good luck with the course!

if she refers to it as 'missing' then no. I believe that after an amputation you can get phantom pains as if the limb is still there while the nerves begin to die, so her she may feel as if it is still there. One of my close friends had an arm amputated and she could still feel her fingers. she would go to scratch her head or something with it an then realise it wasn't there. I guess you should keep quiet, I wouldn't want to be corrected when I'm dealing with it all.
good luck x

I think you should find out first if she is aware that she has had it amputated. She may be in denial.

*♥* donna *♥*
is she saying it in a joke way or does she sound seriously like she hasnt come to terms with losing it yet. ask the other nurses if she is the same with them.

Quad Momma LUV the dunes!
You should humor her as she most likely is using her own sort of humor to deal with the outcome of the surgery. I have worked in a hospital for 15+ years and have seen that humoring in this instance can benefit the patient. One patient I needed to perform a venipuncture on said, "can you hand me my leg please--I feel naked without it". I giggled and stated I was going to do a venipuncture from the arm, we reserve heelpoke for infants, but I would certainly hand over the leg if that made him feel less naked. We both laughed and the venipuncture was performed, after the patient attached his faux limb to the stump!
I think by listening to the patient, it made him more comfortable and by humoring him, I think it made him feel less awkward about the missing limb. (I would much rather see that then a person who spirals into a depression from the trauma the lost limb caused).

I am not a nurse but I would humour her. Maybe she does not like the word amputated. Good luck

Michael H
"humour her" is not the right attitude.

Of course she refers to her missing leg, she still has all the nerves up to the point of amputation and so will actually "feel" pain in the limb thats missing, she can probably even tell you where the pain is depending on which nerve ending is responding.

my mother had both amp at the same time she always thought up to her death that she had her SHOES ON .you wont convince her ,she may be in denial ,and handle it as best you can ,go along rather than frustrate her good luck .

Ann D
Your patient is still aware of the missing limb, she will from time to time experience severe pain in the missing limb (phantom pain).

I am sure she is aware that physically the limb has gone, her mind/psyche however is not.

Sending her very best wishes

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