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The Surgery is over

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello Everyone,

I had the surgery on L5 S1 on Weds. January the 7th. The Doctor that I had was EDITED very good Ortho. He said that i had a herniation that protruded out on the left and right side pincing the nerve. I don't feel the normal pain that I had now is the pain from the surgery. The pain meds are not working can anyone help.

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  • or doctor asap. You have the right to have your pain controlled.
  • Call your doctor. You obviously need different pain meds. Don't wait to call them that's what they are there for. If you get to far behind in your pain it will be harder to catch up.
  • Yes, call your doctor. You deserve to have your pain controlled.


    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • Yes-Call,When I had surgery (in feet) the meds didn't touch my pain so my sister called the nurses station where my papers said to call if I had any problems.They contacted my surgeon who said to double up on my pain medication-but that made me vomit-so they called in the phenergan suppositories.You might want to be prepared for meds that you can't handle.I simply had 0 tolerance at that time so I could not control my pain without the phenergan.Then of course you will need prune juice, miralax, or something to help your digestive system.

    That phenergan saved me I swear! I hope that you get relief,and quick healing to you.
  • That is great-surgical pain can be painful but at least you know you will steady improve and be rid of it :) Until you can call your doctor maybe you can try ice and heat. Tylenol works better for me somedays then the hydrocodone bedending on the pain type! Achey pain from laying around all day is better controled by the tylenol, the hydro just made me restless unless it had spasma pain to work on and I'm having less and less of that, I am happy to say. I still take the muscle relaxants to be sure it stays that way until I see the surgeon for post-op.
  • Thanks for the information. The Doc says that he doesn't give nothing stronger (which is Norco 5/325 and boraxan 500. niether of them work.

    He is telling me I need to go to a pain management doc. :''(
  • I had a pain Dr for the last 2 years. He has been wonderful to me prior to my surgery. He helped to make it bearable. You need to have a refferal soon, by your Dr so you can get your pain under control. They can get you in faster and probably need to set it up anyway. No one should have to live in pain if there is something you can do about it. Good Luck!
  • I'm sorry you are having a lot of pain. How long ago did you have surgery and what type was it? I think Norco 5/325's is too low of a dose post surgically. Is it just one tablet or 2 tablets every 4 hours? Is Boraxan a muscle relaxer? It sounds like you need a nerve pain medication like Neurontin, Lyrica, or Cymbalta.
    Pain mgt. is not bad, it all depends if you find a very good, compassionate doctor who has an integrative practice where they provides all service from medications to surgery. They can prescribe strong narcotic pain killers like morphine, oxycontin, fentanyl patches, kadian, dilaudid, methadone, etc. on a long term basis. They also deal with post op pain, injections, pt, and implant neurostimulators and morphine pumps.
    I go to a pain clinic and the staff is very nice and professional. I can't imagine dealing with this type of pain without their help. I hope you find a good pain specialist to help you. Take care
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