PLS: Be patient with the rambling... I am not myself right now and that's why I am writing. I can't judge if all the details are worth writing, but I will leave then in since I am confused and don't want to leave anything useful out.
SO I had a TLIF on Sept. 2 and came home form the hospital the night of the 3rd. The surgeon was great. The hospital stay was very comfortable and productive. I came home in such good spirits. With the help of a walker, I walked quite a bit in the neighborhood. I could do that about 30 min after taking my pain meds and the walking really improved my attitude. I loved walking even before the surgery.
The problem is that my meds wear off after 2.5-3 hours... but I am only allows to take them every 6 hours. Full disclosure here, the scrip is for 7.5/325 percocet to be taken: 1 every 4 hours for pain; or 2 every 6 hours for pain. (other 2 scrips were 20mg Valium 6 hrs as needed and robaxin 750mg 6 hrs as needed) Well the one pain pill every 4hr scrip route did not help my pain. The 2 percs helped... get me down to a 5 out of 10, so I could at least walk a bit as long as I went back to bed as soon as I was done. I have no problem with any of this up to this point. Pretty much what I expected after surgery. Pain, but somewhat controlled pain.
But here is the problem, even with the 2 percs, after 3 hrs more or less I am back in a pain that has made me, 38 and idiotically proud sometimes, cry at least once each day. Pain worse then my bad days pre-op. The 2 percs (and other scrip) just will not last the 6 hours... omg I wish they would,but they won't. My judgment is poor right now, so my wife is handling all my meds and all the calls to the doc's nurses. All that 4 or 5 calls have accomplished is a change from robaxin to Zanaflex. No difference in pain, but it does make me very very slur my word dowsy, so it helps me sleep a little. My pain pill is same and they aren't trying anything else like NSAIDs or slow release meds. I' not eating much anymore and I haven't felt up to walking for days- the pain is wearing me down. I haven't been posting because I can't sit at the computer.
Am I right to think they should help me more or should I just suck up and try to sleep my way through it. I am a surgery noob... am I expecting too much in regards to post-op pain care?