Can anyone give me examples of how your surgeons weaned you off the oxycontin, oxycodone?
I had TLIF w/instrumentation & decompression on 2/2. At 3/1 appointment xrays showed top 2 screws had moved a tiny bit. Given soft corset style brace and another 30 days of restriction. At 4/1 appointment, everything looked good on xrays, just some foot/ankle swelling and nerve pain, which has been resolving. Have appointment on 4/30 with surgeon and PA said would most likely be released for next 6 months at that appointment, without physical therapy, as long as xrays looked good.
I was taking 20mg Oxycontin every 12 hours. At my 4/1 appointment the PA switched my evening dose of oxycontin to four 5mg oxycodone. She specifically told me not to just stop the oxycontin or oxycodone. I know the oxycontin is continuous release and oxycodone is immediate release. I just don't see how switching me from continuous to immediate release, with the same mg, at night is the start to weaning off this medication.
I am also taking Percocet 5/325 and Valium 5mg, as needed, usually once a day.
I'm anxious to get off the medication but am now terrified to just stop taking it since the PA made such a stink about it. I realize I will still need the Valium and Percocet, as needed, especially since going back to work part-time. I find I do need to take one each after a 4 hour day. But they don't bother me as much as the oxycontin and oxycodone.
I have been craving steamed shrimp and a beer for a month now!
Anyone who can share their experiences of weaning I would appreciate so I know what to expect or exactly what to ask my surgeon about weaning as quickly as possible.