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3 months out....need comparison and pain updates from Dec. surg. buddies!

I just saw my surgeon. I am still experienced quite a bit of pain mainly in the right side of my lower back post MIS PLIF L4-5. I also have sacral nerve burning sensation yet. If I lay around or relax all day, I don't need a lot of pain meds. But when I am very active and on the go, like I should be, I need Percocet yet to control my pain. I am also on diazepam, which I may take 2 at most during a day now. I also have fibromyalgia, which I have been treated for 15 years. He increased my Lyrica for the nerve pain, didn't notice a bit difference. He wants to drastically reduce my pain meds. Trust me, I don't want to be on them, I take only what I need. Now he wants me to have a SI joint injection to help with the pain. I'm not sure if that is the answer, I see a new pain management dr. next week. I will talk to him about all of this. But I really need to hear from others where they are at. My dr. seems to have a cookie cutter approach when it comes to pain meds. I'm hoping the pain management person listens better, and I also see my rheumatologist in two weeks. I mention Cymbalta to my surgeon to help with the musculoskeletal pain I am experiencing in the right side of my back and he just blew me off. I thought a non-narcotic med might help, at least try it. I know it takes times to build in your system, and he said take the Cymbalta instead of the Percocet? I said, maybe try the Cymbalta and wean me off the narcotics. But like I said, he blew me off, and insisted on the injection. I'm still not sure about all of this. Has anybody experience what I'm going through?? Any input???? I have a high tolerance to pain usually and have been through a lot. I really want to get off the pain meds, but still need them. He just doesn't seem to hear me! Just need to know where others are at. I am doing quite well overall.....but I like to be active. Sure if I lay around, I can cut back on the meds, and have been trying to take the least amount that I can. I understand him not wanted me to get addicted, but I go without at night, and cut back when I'm not in a lot of pain!! Anybody else out there that has had this problem?? Just looking for feedback! Thanks
radtechtam MIS L4-5 Fusion


  • I had a miTLIF on 1/16, so I'm not quite at the point you are at....but I've had similar issues, particularly with my surgeon's PA. I have a birth defect that creates fibro-like chronic pain, so I really hear you. I've been on narcotics for years pre-surgery because of pain management (same ortho clinic as my surgeon), so my surgeon's desire to wean me off narcotics in his cookie-cutter way is pretty scary :-(
    1/16/2013 Minimally invasive TLIF with rods, screws, and cage on L5/S1 joint to treat grade 2 spondylolysthesis, pars defect, degenerative disc disease. Dealt with chronic pain & nerve issues since at least 2007.
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