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Stitches? - April 18th 2009, 03:51 AM

Okay, so.. I've never had stitches but my dad had surgery today and he has stitches and he said they hurt really bad and sting and he can barely handle the pain. The pain killers the doctor gave him aren't really working and I was wondering if anyone knew of any other ways to alleviate the pain at all?

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Re: Stitches? - April 18th 2009, 04:21 PM

Putting a warm heating pad on the stitches can help a lot. Ask his doctor if he can take any other pain relievers as well; he might have advice to relieve the pain in other ways, too. Make sure he eats some protein as well so his body can heal faster, and therefore the pain won't last too long.

Without protein, cuts and abrasions will not heal quickly, muscles will not grow and the blood doesn't clot correctly. Your body uses proteins for growth and to build hormones, antibodies and the enzymes that regulate the chemical reactions within the body.

Again, calling the doctor would be beneficial

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Re: Stitches? - April 19th 2009, 11:29 PM

pain meds don't work on everyone. The kind your dad has might not help him. You should consult the doctor and request a different pain medication. You can also try for the time being some over the counter pain relievers. I would also try the above advice (heat pad) and further try to keep your dad distracted, you don't notice pain as much if you can't think about it!
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Re: Stitches? - April 20th 2009, 04:44 PM

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Re: Stitches? - April 21st 2009, 03:54 PM

What To Watch For:
  • Redness that goes beyond the basic edge of the wound
  • Fever over 100 degrees (sign of an infection)
  • Any unusual coloring or discharge, including pus
  • Unusual tenderness or swelling. Remember, you will experience the most tenderness in the second day, but it should subside each day thereafter. If there is any indication that this is not happening, contact your doctor.
  • Stitches that come out sooner than expected. If this happens, contact your doctor immediately.
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Just make sure he keeps an eye out for these kind of symptoms and contacts his doctor if he has them. But having some discomfort from swelling of the injury site is not uncommon. If it continues for a long period of time, I would contact his doctor with concerns. Maybe even the pharmacist can give some suggestions on what might be helpful.

With a heated, swollen area I would probably use heat. Ice alone could possibly cause the area to tighten up and make the pain worse. He may want to alternate the two, 15-20 minutes on, same off then the other (heat or ice). Make sure that there is a barrier of some kind (towel for example) between the ice pack or heating pad and the area. Don't let it rest on top of the stitches, because it can cause quite a bit of pain. Maybe try wrapping it instead of lying onto the area.

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