What was the Whipple Procedure you had? I wonder because the one I had heard of was the removal of much of the abdominal contents as a palliative treatment for advanced cancer. This was many years ago.
Also ask the surgeons what their infection rates are for that procedure. I always check hospitals and surgeons for their infection rates. Demand that all hospital personnel wash their hands in front of you, before touching you.
"Consumer Reports" had an interesting article about "good" and "bad" hospitals, I got the copy in the mail yesterday.
Doctors in some states have to write a triplicate type prescription for Schedule II drugs, if hydrocodone is made a Schedule II drug those states will also require triplicates.
My current doctor here in Oregon where triplicates are not required, writes for three consecutive RX for my Schedule II drugs, when I see her every three months. I give them to the pharmacist at my pharmacy, and pick up the meds once a month. I have Medicare, but must pay for copays for those visits. I don't think seeing my doctor four times a year is excessive.
I have not seen any new laws (except on boards like this one). Some doctors say "It is the law." because they don't want to discuss it with their patients, and it is actually just a group practice decision. Seeing your doctor once a month to get opiate RXs is not required by federal law, yet many people must do that.
Since you had a Staph infection already, it seems like that would put you at additional risk. I would think about this, and discuss it with your family doc as well as an infectious disease specialist.
My husband had a Staph infection requiring a Groshong catheter in his chest and six weeks of IV antibiotics. Even when his wound finally healed up and the infectious disease specialist cleared him, his ortho guy refused to replace his hip. He did finally find another ortho guy to do that surgery. I am an RN, retired, he came home from the hospital a day early to avoid infection from there. I had had my doctor do a nasal swab on me to make sure I wasn't a carrier.
Neither of us ever had the procedure you are considering. It is recommended if and when oral opioid treatment stops working. Have you tried that? Has it stopped working?
I take gabapentin 800 mg once a day in the evening. I tried Lyrica, but it did not work any better than the gabapentin, so I went back to it. They are chemically very similar drugs.
I have been losing weight slowly but steadily, I had a checkup today and weighed 179.4, the least I have ever weighed as an adult. I was up to 254 lbs. at the largest. No change in diet, just a bit more exercise every day.
If you start to gain weight, let your doctor know right away.
I lived in one community where the bedridden folk all called each other on the phone once a day to check on each other. Everyone got one phone call a day, and everyone understood if someone wanted to keep it short, because they were all in the same boat.
Everyone must decide for themselves what they are capable of doing.
I have had migraines so I know how debilitating they can be.
However, get of your butt and go to the grocery store and pharmacy with your hubby, and do some kind of volunteer work again. I cannot work, but I can do an hour a week of volunteer work. It makes me part of my community. It gives me more to talk about. Seeing other people is good for me.
I am in other kinds of pain all the time, and it is hard to be social, but stick it out, it is so worth it.