I thought I was getting better but now I really don't think I am. I think I'm getting worse. I had surgery on Sept 23rd. I was totally off of pain killers a week ago, now I can't lay in my bed without horrible pain. I really can't do much of anything without pain now. Maybe I was just being unrealistic about my recovery. How long should I be on pain killers after surgery? Ok I know most of the people here have continuing problems but anyone that was actually able to come off of painkillers how long did it take? I want off of the drugs. I know it isn't really addiction but dependence. Here's the thing my family has a history of addictions and I don't want it to move into that area. Should I call my surgeons office with my concerns? I don't want to be a squeeky wheel, I'm just concerned.