First of all this is a great forum for information and support. I have posted questions a couple of times and I want to thank everyone who answered. I had Interbody lower level fusion on L5-S1 (one level) on 2/27. The surgery went well and was not as painful as I anticiapated. I am recovering well at home. I currently take 5 mg oxycodone about every 4-6 hours, but at night I also take 5mg of Valium and sometimes 10 mg Oxy. I am sleeping great which I am thankful for. I am walking about 2 miles a day. I just had the staples removed on Thursday and asked for more oxycodone. There is a worldwide shortage I was told so they gave me Lortab. My question is how long on average do most stay on pain medication. Also, is Lortab similiar to Oxycodon?