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Ugg...thought pain meds would taper down post surgery....

ouch2oouch2 Posts: 1,270
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in Pain Medications
Hi All,
I am now 20 days post op from a two level lumbar discectomy/decompression. I know that I am still early out, and trying to judge my recovery in weeks and not days, but I also feel that I am judging it pre and post surgery.

I had my post op exam with my surgeon on Friday, and explained how I have been feeling(increased pain, spasms,numbness) He has now upped my long and short acting meds as well as adding valium.

I was so hoping to taper down on my meds after surgery (except of course immediately post op) Instead, I am now taking even more meds than before surgery. Have any of you had to do this a few weeks after surgery? Did it eventually taper down again as the weeks, months went on? I don't expect to ever be totally off meds as I have other issues with my back, but didn't want to need more (that is one of the things I thought surgery would help with.)

Anyone else have similiar experiences?
Hope you are all having a low pain day today!

>:D< Karen
>:D< >:-D< : Karen
L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
adr L5-S1 Feb 2012


  • Welcome and Best Wishes to You!

    20 days is a pretty short time to really be concerned about your meds. You are recovering from trauma; from a procedure that used to take 6 months to a year to even recover from. It takes some time, I guess is how I really should put it. ;-P

    Reducing and getting off the meds is your choice and yours alone. It takes time, but in the end, you are really in control, not your doctor. He has put you on different and more powerful stuff, but that is only to counter the trauma from the surgery and you will be able to get off them as you get better / recover.

    Take your time, listen to your body; it will tell you what to do and when. it will also tell you when you have done too much, so listen carefully.

    Best wishes, and keep us up-to-date!

  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    Sorry about your increased pain and spasms.
    I never had spinal surgery..but as above, I think you are still early out of surgery and it just takes more time.

    To me it seems to make sense it may be a little worse before it gets better. Your whole body was involved in the surgery and is now readjusting back to ..hopefully a better normal than you had previously.

    I know it's not same thing, but I had kidney removed years ago and I was shocked that I still had the burning bad pain I had before surgery. This lasted for months before one day I realized..pain wasn't there...aand that pain never returned.

    Thanks for letting us know how you are doing! and pls keep in touch!

    You're in my thoughts!
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  • my pain got worse post surgery as well, before it got better. the surgeon said it would so i wasn't concerned. he said that once a nerve has been decompressed it needs time to re-adapt.
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