This is TMI but I am going to the OB/GYN for a IUD today.
They said to take 3 Advil an hour before my appointment.
This worries me a GREAT deal.
In my not at all limited experience with medical practitioners, they tend to downplay just how much pain you will be in.
"Just a slight pinch"
"You might feel some momentary discomfort"
"There might be some tenderness"
I'm not sure how they define 'pinch', 'discomfort' and 'tenderness' but in no way do their definitions match up with mine. It always ends up with me in agony doing my damnedest not to start shrieking and frightening off the other patients.
I know they no doubt have very good reasons for minimizing the amount of pain you might be in. After all, the injection or probe or whatever they are about to do to you, needs to be done. It will be done, and a worried patient is a tense patient, which makes the injection or the probe harder to do. So they say "a quick pinch" instead of "A sharp jab lasting about 10 seconds followed by 24 hours of soreness around the injection site" in the hopes you will believe them and relax.
So, given my inclination to believe I am being deceived if not actually lied to about how bad something is going to hurt, you can imagine my reaction to being told to take 3 Advils before the visit, is not one of sweetness and light.
3 ADVILS?? 3???
I've never been told to take more than one Advil at a time. The idea of taking 3 at once is somewhat alarming. I'm supposed to take them because I might experience 'some slight cramping' after the IUD is installed.
Given past experience with medical understatement I am guessing I am going to have the sort of pain that will make me want several Valium and and epidural.