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Pain Meds after ACDF surgery Question?

LaurieLLaurie Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hope I have the right forum. I get so confused here.:) I left the hospital taking Percocet every 3 hours and Flexeril every 8 hours for three level surgery.

Less than a week later the NS's staff gave me a big lecture on addiction to Percocet saying that if I took it for two whole weeks I'd be addicted. I thought this attitude was very extreme and told them how I felt.

But I did manage to go on Vicodin instead which I now take 3x's per day along with Flexeril and Neurontin that my NS prescribed to replace the Celebrex I can no longer take.

It has been 2 1/2 weeks since surgery and I phoned NS nurse for a refill of Vicodin. They gave me 40. I still have alot of neck pain, lumbar stenosis pain and have been sick with bronchitis on top of it.

But it seems that quite a few people are taking pain meds for a longer period of time and at times, stronger meds. Can you please tell me how long you took pain meds after ACDF surgery?


  • I was on morphine and percocet in the hospital. Left the hospital with a prescription for percocet every 4 hours, and Valium 2x a day. Ran out of the Percocet and was prescribed vicodin es 7.5 750. 1 every 4-6 hours. Took that for 2 weeks. After the second week I was only taking pain meds in the afternoon and night. After 3 (total) weeks I was taking the vicodin every night for a couple more weeks. Now, I take it maybe 3-4 nights a week, I am about 3 months post op. I am now also taking Flexeril.
    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
  • Thank you for telling me.:)
  • I had a 3 level ACDF on 8-29-11. C4 to C7. I was very concerned about the meds. My mom had a history of addiction, and I know it can be partially genetic. Plus prior to my surgery I had 3 epidurals and I was given hydrocodon afterwards and it gave me much nausea. When I went into the hospital I told the doc I was very concerned about addiction and about not keeping pain meds down. I was on hyrdomorphone 2 mg and methocarbamol 750 mg - I took 2 pills every 4 hours almost consistently until 10-11 days post surgery. I stopped the pain meds at that point and switched to 3 extra strength tylenol every 4 hrs - it wasn't the best at first, but I also use heat and ice to deal with pain. Now I just take tylenol as needed. I definitely need the methocarbamol for muscle spasms and I have them everyday and do they hurt! I take 2 when I get the spasm and they make me dizzy and tired. I also have a TENS unit that is wonderful - bought a home one and it greatly helps block the pain. Best thing is no nausea with any of this! Good luck to you!

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