Oh dear where to begin. short and sweet.
Nov 20,2008- L4 spinal fusion and removal of synovial cyst. Pain for months prior to surgery- extreme left leg pain. Taking percocet as needed before and after. No problems with withdrawl after I was better.Expected recovery minimum 3 months
Jan 27,2009- huge spasm, trip and fell. Broke L3 vertabrea- aka broken back. Two days in hospital- YES again!! Same room even. Perc every 4hrs 10mg round the clock for 2.5wks. Down to 8 a day after.
Dr is worried about too much TYLENOL rather than narcotic in perc so switch to Fentanyl 50mm. Lasted 3 days on this drug. Felt awful on it.
THEN.. I do a real stupid thing- I pull of patch and meds- Ive had enuf and go into full blown with drawl. I go crazy and can't figure out why. STUPID- like I said.
Realize Im addicted and freak out. Not for abusing them but because I have not. Dr said I'm not addicted but must never stop pain meds all at once.
This past Thurs. Dr says- Oxycontin 20mg. It'll be better than perc's. No such luck. Got an extreme reaction and wound up in the ER from uncontrolable vommiting.
Now back on perc's. Maximum 4-5 a day. Back pain from the break is about 5-6, as it still hurts.I now take 3/4 of a 5mg keeping w/in my daily total.I am supposed to wean off 1/4 a week till I don't need them anymore.
Anyone working on reducing pain meds? or going off and freaking out? For some reason when I wake in the morning I'm feeling the most intense aggitation and anxiety. Can anyone offer up some personal advice? These boards have gotten me thru alot and make some incredible new friends as well. God Bless you and me, too! Thanks, Vicki