Pain is a normal part of your procedure and usually is at its worst in the first 24 hours. Most describe this as an ache that improves considerably during the first days. It may seem worse at night, when under stress, or if the head is not adequately elevated. Please take the pain medicine as needed. Do not try to "tough it out" if you are uncomfortable as this may increase your blood pressure and cause bleeding. Reducing swelling and bruising will also help to reduce pain.
You should take the opiate pain medication which we have prescribed for you if you have pain. Usually you have the choice of Acetaminophen w/ Codiene (e.g. Tylenol #3) or Acetaminophen w/ Hydrocodone (e.g. Vicodin, Lortab, Norco). Some patients will already have an idea which one works best for them. Please let us know.
Unless we instruct you otherwise, do NOT use pain control products that contain Ibuprofen or Aspirin. These medications thin the blood and may cause excess bleeding and/or bruising. Be sure to check the labels of any pain medication you have, or that you purchase from the drug store.
Once you feel that you have less pain, it is best to transition to non-opiate pain medication (i.e. regular Tylenol). If you find you needed to take 2 prescribed pills for pain control, you may want to try substituting 1 with regular Tylenol. The side effects of prolonged opiate use include nausea and constipation.