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back pain after fusion

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Pain Management
My son had a back fusion on Aug 12 09, Sl, L1, he is still having considerable pain. My question is, since he has been on Vicoden for about 3 yrs, till we could get anyone to operate, he is only 22 and had severe spondololythisis. I am not sure if he is drug seeking or really needs the vicodin. The drs all act as if he shouldn't be having any pain, which I don't believe. He can hardly sleep or sit. I just need some levels to deal with so when I take him back to neurosurgeon on the 6th, I will know what to fight for.
Good news, he is walking so well, his left leg, which before he had to limp, is now perfect. Thank you for any replies on this subject. Smiles, diamondlil


  • To me it sounds like you know your son and know he is in real pain. If he can’t sleep and has a hard time sitting at a chair, he is in real pain. You may want to ask your son to keep a pain log to document his pain level over time and how it responds to activity and also to what level the pain meds help relieve his pain.

    At this point I don’t think worrying about drug addiction is a big issue. Getting him help to get out of the pain, and then work on reducing pain meds. I know for me without pain meds, I cannot function. My wife usually knows before I do if I need a pain pill because I spend so much energy trying to not think about the pain. I think if you have open communication with your son about this, things will sort themselves out. I'm 36 and have not missed a day of pain meds for almost two years now. I have tried numerous times to reduce or stop taking them, but by the end of the day I'm in so much pain I can’t even be there for my family, so now I just take them and do the best I can.

    I think all of us hope to be off pain meds, but with that I mean get out of pain so we don’t need them. Good luck with everything and I wish the best for you and your son.
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