I had a TLIF two weeks ago and am still in some significant pain that has been fairly well managed with oxycodone, percoset, hydrocodone, flexiril and valium. (I don't take them all of course, I take what's needed depending on what my pain level is when it's time for another dose.)
My questions is this: I'm having horrible nerve spike pain that starts in my right upper butt, into my hip and shoots down my leg to my foot. It's very debilitating when it flares which is when I sit from a standing position, stand from a sitting position and most of the time when I walk, although sometimes it's not as intense when I walk. It's never completely gone.
I mentioned this to my doc last Friday and he said to call him the end of this week if the problem persists and then he'd probably want to prescribe a nerve medicine for this, like lyrica or neurontin.
This nerve med stuff is totally new to me as I've never had to even consider taking it before. Can you guys give me some info on nerve meds including how they work for you, time it takes to build up enough in your system to work and side effects? I'm very hesitant to take yet another med, but I'm mostly walking with a walker due to the problem with my right leg and would like to try and get somewhat back to normal.
Thanks in advance for your help.