Hello all. first post but have read many many posts. i am 3 weeks post op today. i was told i didnt need a brace so im not wearing one, i was told i could drive one week PO, guess i should give a bio first. im 29 years old, not the best shape but pretty good, 190 lbs 6'0 feet tall. The reason i needed the fusion was because my L5 was fractured in 3 places. i was given lortab 7.5 and told to take 1-2 every 4 to 6 hours and robaxin 750mg 1-2 every 8 hours as needed.. the first week i was taking 1 every 4 hours, i even set alarms so that i made sure and took them every 4 hours just like i was told "take them before you hurt not after." well i used all 20 pills and when i ran out the pain wasnt that bad so i just took tylenol every 6 hours as needed. well i am now 3 weeks post op and 4 days ago the fan belt on my car broke and i had to put a new one on, which ment taking a wheel off and crawling under the car. well for the last 3 days i have been in so much pain i would say on a scale of 1-10 im at a 5 at the moment. The Doc only gave me the 20 lortabs with no refills but the robaxin is 100 count with 3 refills. i live in birmingham alabama and there is a huge problem with painkillers in this area and thats my problem i want to ask my doc for something for the pain but i dont want to look like what they call a "seeker." I know i shouldnt have put the belt on the car but i have to have my car and there is nobody that was going to do it for me without paying a lot of money and as im sure it is for everyone else money is tight right now, really tight after missing so much work. I guess my question is, is it ok for me to ask my doc for something for the pain this far post op? or should i just deal with it? Sleep is nonexistent, well i guess thats not completely true it more like in 30 to 40 min increments, like right now its midnight and ive been awake since 4:30 am
sent my wife for some sleep aids from walgreens and it makes me want to sleep so bad but every little move sends sharp pain down the left side of the small of my back. sorry if this is all mixed up or hard to understand, just very sleepy and hurting. Thanks to all readers and any advise is welcome. Oh almost forgot i have been switching between heat and cold every 20 mins for 2 days with little to no change. Thank you all again.