I underwent a laminectomy of L3,4,5 with fusion of those same vertebrae 7 months ago. My pain levels have fluctuated like the Dow Jones averages but have continued unabated on a daily basis. The minimum amount of Vicodin I seem to be able to get by with is about 5 per day. I walk a mile each day, but without the pain pills I wouldn't be able to do so. I tried physical theraphy but it was a disaster as far as increased pain, and putting me back in bed for a week. Is there anyone out there who shares this long-lasting pain cycle? Is there something more effective than Vicodin? I'm 76 years old and in reasonably good health.
Robert L. Hyde