Hi all, Well I'm now almost 9 months out from my last back surgery and I'm starting to have symptoms again. With the new job came new insurance and now a new pain doc. I just went to see him today after finishing a Medrol dosepack from the urgent care place that was rx'd last week. Anyways, my current med regimen before my back "blew up" on me again was usually Aleve 2 tabs 1-2x/day and 8mg Zanaflex with 5-10mg Ambien at bedtime to ensure a good night's sleep and stave off the leg/foot cramps from the nerve damage. I have a stash of Percocets that I hadn't needed in months which I've needed in the past week. So, I saw the new guy today and he wants me to continue the Zanaflex (I can't wait til bed anymore after sitting at a desk all day, I take it pretty much when I get home), he started me on rx-strength extended release naprosyn (its called Naprelan) that I only need to take once a day and then the tramadol. He said only take the Percs as a rescue drug (as I have been) and he will refill them when I need them. He wrote the tramadol for 50mg Q8hrs as needed. Surprisingly this is the first time I've ever taken it. I waited til I got off work to try the sample he gave me and so far so good (I took it with my Zanaflex).
My questions are: is it safe for work? I do well for most of the day but the last 2-3 hours really hurt. I work at a call center so the sitting at the end of the day is getting to me. Also, I do take Celexa (SSRI) and am wondering if any one has experienced side effects combining these two? I know that tramadol is a distant cousin of Effexor and that med put me through hell at the time (I guess the norepinephrine effect?)
I am headed to the NS for my very-very-very late 6 month check-up this week so I guess he may be able to answer some questions as well.
Your thoughts & input are much appreciated!