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Pain meds post surgery

bluemax01bbluemax01 Posts: 21
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had a level 3 acdf a week ago. My post surgery followup appt is next tuesday. Currently my surgeon has me taking hydrocodone every 4 hours and also tizanadine only as needed for spasms. My question is ... Does everyone else take a pain med on a schedule rather than as needed.


  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,730
    They want a certain level of pain meds in your system at all times.
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  • Hello Bluemax,

    I had a microdisectomy to repair a herniated disc 5 weeks ago and my doctor encouraged me to lengthen the time between doses of pain meds. It seems to be working for me, although I'm not ready to do without them altogether.
  • Hi bluemax01,

    I feel that this should be something you should discuss with your health professional, especially so soon post-op. If you feel that the medications are not doing their job as prescribed, perhaps he/she will want to change your dosing or medication. A week is a very short time period after such a trauma to the body. All of those muscle and nerves are trying to retrain themselves on what they are supposed to do and at the same time protect the trauma site. Poor brain is probably getting all kinds of signals to process. I would definitely speak with your doctor/s if you are unsure about the meds, or anything for that matter.

    I had a 2 level ACDF at C5/6 & C6/7 in 2009. I am now a pain regiment to CONTROL my chronic pain due to other issues in my cervical spine. My pain medications are on a schedule in an attempt to maintain a certain level of the drugs in my system at all times. I have one I take when needed for break-through pain. There is a BIG difference in what is trying to be achieved here.

    I hope this help you. Take it easy on your recovery. My old saying is "slow went the turtle that won the race". Please keep us posted on you progress.

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