I have had surgeries for the past 4 years dealing with pain begining with a hip replacement, then a knee replacement same side then lower back surgery 9 months ago ( lamonectomy and fusion with my own bone ) had second back surgery 2 and a half weeks ago, ( lamonectomey and fusion L4-L5 this time using metal rods and pedicle screws plus cement ) surgeon told me after 6 and a half hours in operationg room that he had found tons of scar tissue and all of the previous fusion material laying in a pile. Did not have a real good experience in the hospital as they were full and had no room to put me in so I ended up staying in the recovery room all night, only recieved ( 1 ) vicoden tablet every 6 hours for pain which did not control the pain at all and still did not get a room the next day so my doctor decided just to send me home. One of the problems with never getting a room in the specialized spine care center is that I was left with nurses in the recovery area who were very nice but not experienced in the treatment of someone with back surgery. I was gotten out of bed to use the bathroom by just lifting me with assistance by the nurses arm and standing up without any brace because the nurse was neither familiar with the brace nor knew how it should be worn. I am just hoping that there was no damage done to my fusion during this time.
After being home I have worn the brace and the bone growth stimulator religiouly as instructed, however if I try to go 4 hours or more without the pain meds the pain gets pretty bad ( I presently take 2 vicoden tablets every 4 or 5 hours during the day ) I wake up every morning with pretty bad pain since it has usually been 7 hours or so since taking any pain meds.
I guess that my question is, is unusual to still have this much pain almost 3 weeks since surgery? and if not how long should it be before I can start weaning off the pain meds? Thanks for any help