Ok, I had a 4 level cervical fusion a year ago. My ortho surgeon says I am fusing very well. He has been taking care of my pain meds for the past year. I was prescribed up to 6 oxycodone 10/325 and up to 3 5mg Valium per day. I hardly take the Valium and usually only take 3 oxycodones although I have taken up to the 4-6 on really bad days. Before my surgery I was going to pain mgt and was on anything from hydrocodone 5 to oxycodone 10 basical for the past 5 years. I have never felt that I was addicted because I usually would forget to take them and sit around wonder why my neck was hurting that day before I realized I had missed 2 daoses. I do not take them for "fun". My husband IS a recovering narcotic addict so I keep my main bottles under lock and key and keep my few days doses on my person at all times.
Here's my question. I do feel that I have a physical dependancy on the drug becasue my body is so use to having them everyday even though I have never abused them. But I do feel that react differently to the oxycodone than most people because it is when I DON'T take a dose that I get so drowsey that you couldn't pay me to stay awake. So keep that in mind as I describe my current problem.
I had my one year check up with my surgeon and he said I was doing good with the fusion. I asked him about the pain I am still having and asked if I could now try taking otc meds to see if they would help instead of the narcotic. He said sure I could try since I was fusing so well now. He had previously answered no to this question when I asked at my 6 month check up. But although he said I could he also said he didn't believe they would give me the type of relief I needed. He referred me to pain mgt. I have an appointment mid Jan. In the mean time I decided to try to slowly come off of the oxycodone and supplement with Ibupropfen or Aleve. SO I have been cutting my Oxy's in half and taking them with 2 200mg Ibupropfen. So for the last couple to 3 days my dose of oxycodone has dropped from 3-4 per day to maybe 2 total (in halves) Well yesterday I started feeling like I was getting bronchitis and today it was worse and started with the bodyaches and scratchy throat. Could this be withdrawals or am I really getting sick. If it IS withdrawals, should I just go back to 3-4 oxys a day until I see my pain mgt dr? I just don't know what to do. I am changing shifts and managers at my job about the same time I go back to the pain mgt dr and I don't want to start off on a bad foot with being "sick". If I am going to go through withdrawals I had rather call in sick now so that my new mgt team doesn't think I am a slacker.
Any suggestions or advice will be very much appreciated. Sorry for the rambling but I wanted to get the whole picture out there.