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Pain meds and recovery

Step on a crackSStep on a crack Posts: 10
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Pain Medications
I had a L4-5 lami in the summer of 2009 and a L4-S1 fusion in the spring of 2010. I started on lortab in the spring of 2009 and Lyrica was soon added. After the fusion my meds were changed to Norco and Soma and Lyrica. I have slowly reduced the amount of medication that I take and I am now on lortab 5-325 and Soma. I try to take these only once a day but the last couple of weeks it has seemed that they don't work as well. When I call he dr his nurse gives me the third degree. Sayig I shouldn't be taking these meds so far out post op. The dr never says anything like that. I guess my question is, how far post op are we expected to be on this medication. I can't function without. And I am near tears right now. Waiting and praying that my meds will help take the edge off.


  • You should talk to your doctor about this, both what the nurse is telling you and how you're feeling.

    I can say that my surgeon pretty much treats immediate post-surgical pain. Once it goes into chronic pain, which might not go away, that's the job of pain management doctors (I asked specifically and this is what I was told).

    So given my own experience, that's how I would approach it. You're still having pain, should they be investigating it or is it time for pain management? Because the nurse seems to think you should be pain free, and you are not, and you have no idea of what you should be doing to get pain free.

    Your surgeon is probably thrilled that you were able to significantly reduce your pain meds and are feeling relatively functional after 2 major back surgeries.
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