I am five weeks post op L5/S1 TLIF. I just ran out of my Percocet 10/325 and have been switched to Tylenol 3 (I'm allergic to Vicodin, so this was my doctor's second choice). There are no refills on this bottle of T3 and I don't see my surgeon again until the end of June. With that said, I'm wondering how long people usually are on their pain meds after this type of surgery. I'm assuming I'll be calling my surgeon's nurse to give me refills once I'm done with this bottle (or calling much sooner if the T3s don't work, as I've heard I'm going to feel like I'm on nothing, which makes me really nervous for tomorrow and after). At what point will my surgeon send me to a pain mgmt doc, or will he just keep doing my meds?
Thanks for any information you can give me on this. I'm really clueless when it comes to the meds, and I don't want my doctor thinking I'm a drug seeker.