I posted previously about my current ACDF surgery and how scared I was to undergo it, blah blah blah... Well, I had my surgery last Thursday (4/26/12). I am happy to pronounce the surgery was a success and I survived!
I was so very frightened.
My new question is about pain pills/addition etc. I know I am only like 6 days out of surgery and taking pain pills at this point is obviously necessary, but I have been taking pain pills for 4 months now. Here's why!
On January 1st 2012 I was involved in a rollover accident. Luckily I lived and was not paralyzed etc. Thank God everyday! I was however injured in my neck- hence the ACDF surgery.
Initially I was not sure I would need the surgery, yet I was in pain so it was concerning to both my Neurologist and myself. He prescribed me Hydrocodone 7.5/500 right out of the hospital. I started taking them as prescribed. I know whatcha y'all are thinking...did I abuse them-the answer is NO. However, when does abuse start? I feel like, at this point if I do stop taking them, I will feel like S***.
I don't really think I ever get a "buzz" from them but I sure do know they help with pain. For some 4 months is a heck of a long time to be taking pain pills, and for others it is a short period.
My main question after that long babble of a story/thoughts is what can I do to eventually tapper off? Doing this (hopefully soon) of course pending the pain level I feel after a couple weeks have passed. Can I do a cleanse? What have any of you done? I really don't want to get extremely addicted- though I know at this point I am at some level of addiction already.
I'm annoyed and just need some advise from others that are not addicts/or have an extreme addiction,yet people that have only taken them for pain. For other places I have searched for answers are for people who take like 15 pills at a time!
Thanks fellow pain members!