Currently I take 2 Norco usually once a day for pain management. I take one flexiril at night. I have been on vicadin and now Norco since August. I try to only take norco once a day, sometime twice. About every two weeks I try to take two days off from meds as I don't want any addiction or dependency problems.
Here's the problem. When I skip a day without Norco my bowels get really loose. I can go number 2 like five times from 9:00am till about 2:00pm. It's a real pain. Once I get past 2:00pm I'm good but feel like crap. Skipping flexiril doesn't have any bad side effects.
I am asking if this is normal and what to do because I'm hoping to stop taking NORCO all together for two weeks leading up to my surgery which is on January 31st. It's a TLIF L5-S1 procedure. I want to get my resistance back down so that the post op meds will be as effective as possible.
Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
Getting L5 S1 foraminotomy, and fusion with 4 bolts and 2 rods on 01/31/2013. Pars defect at L5, little to no disc between L5 S1, grade 2 stenosis at L5, pinched nerves.