Hi all came home this afternoon, woke up with a lot of pain wasn't given any strong pain medicine until post op nurse called dr, I didn't ask her she told dr the pain was written all over my face, gave me one shot of diluad. After I got into room was told all I could have was oxycodone, which doesn't work for me I was up all night in pain even with oxycodone every four hours. Was told by one of the docs they did not want to give me anything strong because I was going home next day. When I told the nurse he said he called pharmacy in hospital but they were out of Vicodin. Ten minutes later same dr came in and said they didn't want to give me anything strong because it would affect neurological test. I am also on other medications I take daily, they would not give me any of those. Saw two drs at 9 am and said I should be going home soon at one o'clock I had to practically beg for pain medicine and said I can't take oxycodone anymore. I got one more shot of diluad, my surgeon was in a different hospital so he sent two drs to check me out. When they asked what medication I was prescribed I told them Vicodin ES 4 x day and tramadol 50 mg 4 x a day. The discharge nurse gave me my instructions which stated take each med 1-2 every 6 hrs, I was so happy to go home I didn't check scripts. My wife got them filled for me and Vicodin is 5/500 4 x a day 30 pills, seven day supply, dosage and amount were cut, also tramadol is only for 7 days. I was told I would be getting phone call from surgeons nurse tomorrow. Every post I read here people had no trouble getting pain relief after surgery and did not get meds cut. Is it me or does this sound strange. Looks like another sleepless night as I am wearing a hard collar which makes it impossible to get comfortable. Joe
ACDF C5-6 July 10, 2012 with plate and screws.