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what meds did you get i got hardley nothing

edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
i only got two hydros a day 10s, june 8th ill be 3 months out of surgery, i hurt so bad still got major nerve and back pain. seems like they would have given me something more than that, does this sound common to what pain meds others get?


  • had plif on 3 disc and tail bone shaved
  • Dee,

    Have you addressed your pain and nerve issues with your surgeon? Did you see a pain managment specialist prior to your surgery? Since my fusion was one level I know it is much different than yours but I made sure everyone and their mother knew I was still in pain. Staying in pain keeps us from being active which can really slow the recovery process. If your surgeon wont help, start with your PCP. Where are you in TN? I am just west of Nashville.

    Take care,
  • all i get to talk to is his nurse call in for the 2 a day hydros each month. i hate like crazy to go to a pain clinic.i live outside of knoxville tn, i went to a pain clinic many years ago and they want to give you some major drugs oxys and such i dont want to ever take those things, so i quit the clinic. i can take the 2 hydros and feel great but then theres nothing left for the rest of the day or night, it takes 2 like they gave me in the hospital for 7 days to ease the pain, every 4 to 6 hours. just dont know who to talk to they think your a drug addict if you ask for more it seems.
  • I can understand your feelings on asking for more pain meds. TN has serious issues with over prescribing narcotics, but you can't let that keep in severe pain. I think you should request an appt with the surgeon. You need to explain to him what you're saying here. Write it down if it is easier. Have you tried asking about spreading your meds out? Lower doses more frequently? This is certainly not medical advice, just advice in general to hopefully make it easier to talk with your surgeon. Is your surgeon's nurse aware that the meds are not working long enough? At this point in recovery, you have to be your own advocate and speak up. The dr's don't know it's an issue unless you discuss it with them.
  • Deebra,
    I am a nurse I felt the same way as you did..I never wanted to go to a pain clinic. There is a stigma in the medical community about pain clinic patients. I know that 1st hand. But after being in pain for so long I got tired of it. It has given me a new perspective on chronic pain. I am now one of those suffering patients. Going to the pain clinic was the best decision I ever made. I am on oxycodone. I have been for 3 years now. I had surgery almost 3 months ago. I still take 3 or 4 of them a day. My surgeon is willing to fill them. I even asked him at my last appt if he wanted me to go back to the pain clinic or did he feel comfortable filling it. He said no I will fill them for you.
    I was suprised. I have worked for surgeons that will not fill pain meds for long.
    I am NOT addicted to my oxy's. I am not on oxycontin. I take my meds for pain. They do not give me a "high". It frustrates me when I see people on this site telling others not to take certain pain meds cause they will get addicted. That is incorrect advice.
    Your pain is obviously not well controlled. If it were me I would ask my surgeon to either help me with my pain or send me to a pain clinic.

    Just my opinion.
  • I, too, am a health care professional. I had a 360 lumbar fusion, almost 12 weeks ago.
    I am also on oxicodone. Naro is the same thing but with acetaminophen added. When you look at your prescription and it says 10/325 the 325 (or what ever it is)that is the added acetam.

    I was switched to oxycodone to not have the build up of the acetam. in my liver as it can be dangerous.

    I too, went to a pain clinic. It is frustrating to hear others cont to voice the stigmatism associated with pain clinics. My pain management doc is compassionate and has always been there as an advocate for me! He is the designated person to help manage my pain while I am rehabilitating and fighting like #*ll to get my life back!

    I keep a journal in a spiral notebook, writing done what I am feeling when my pain flairs which seems daily or atleast every other day. In addition, I also write what else I am trying such as ice, heat, rest, laying down in the decompression position, walking, PT, music/meditation and sometimes just crying.

    I take this ratty book with me to every appointment. He never wants to see it :) but seems appreciative that I try other things in addition to meds. He also wants to see me fighting/working to get my life back. I can't do that without his help to manage my pain. It is a partenership.

    I hope you find this helpful. If I were you, I would make an appointment. I would write down what you feel, when you feel it, what makes it better or worse. There is someone out there who will help you! You just have to find that person. I would start with your surgeon. If not him, ask him for a referral!

    Don't feel bad! This is Your Life and we don't get a do over! :) We are here to support you through this!Hang in there girl!
  • Hi I was released from the hospital with Hydrocodone 10/325 every 4-6 hours as needed for pain, after my l45-l5s1 tlif on 8/31/09. At my 2 week check up they added Gabapantin for my nerve pain. I took only those until after my 2nd surgery on 12/4/09 to remove a bone spur and scar tissue. I began PT in Feb and my surgeon referred me to pain management stating he could not give me anything stronger then he had. Pain management now has me on a Fentenyl patch 25mcg hr, Hydrocodone 2x daily for breakthrough pain, still taking the gabapantin and added tizanidine for muscle spasms. I am on Vesi care for urinary incontinence and Omeprezol 40mg and sucralfate for GERD and gastritis (probably caused by all the pain meds) as well as maxalt for migraines as needed. At the very least I think you should get something for nerve pain, it is horrible. Talk to your doc and see what they can give you for that. Good luck and,
    God bless and keep you,
  • Shirley,

    LTNS, it's great to see you posting. Sometimes when people stop posting, they are better. I was hoping that was your case. Sounds like you are getting some pain relief, at least. How was the scar tissue removal?

    PM me if you like!

  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    I was seeing a PM doctor before my surgery, and then told him I would have the surgeon prescribe meds right when I got discharged.

    The surgeon gave me my discharge meds (MS Contin, Soma 350, Neurontin 600, and Norco 7.5). Then 2 weeks post surgery I went back to pain management and have been continuing on this same regimen. The only difference is I take less of the Soma and Norco now that I am nearly 4 months post surgery.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • Can you visit the Surgeon in person? I didn't have back surgery but have other surgeries on my shoulder and my husband minor arthroscope on the knee and he was ordered 80 percocets! He only took 3 of the whole bunch. What I'm saying is I've had to return to my Dr. many times to let her know pain meds only last 4 hours then I have pain. I tell her I can't walk or stand or do Physio because of the pain. You should be able to walk everyday and not have pain. Although I'm not a Dr. I'm an RN and though I never tell my Dr. to increase my meds or change them to something else I let her know that I can't walk even with my cane without pain.

    Especially if you're going to start PT soon you should have some relief. IF he doesn't help after you see your Primary or Pain Management Dr. should be your next step. You've been through so much you shouldn't be having so much pain. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • i was given oxycontijn years ago i tried juata quarter of one and was ill for two days, i never want those things in my body or my home, they are highly addictive and people her in tn are getting robbed and killed for them. my dr did up my hydro to 4 x day and gave me 300 mg of neurotin 1 x day so ill see how this works for a while just never would try the oxy again or want them. each person is diff i guess. thanks
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