Six years ago I had a level 1, L3/L4 fusion and have been on pain meds all this time. I have pain 24/7 and don’t ever remember a day I was not in pain. I have been on mainly vicodin, 3 times a day for all of those years. Very gradually over time I and my family have noticed a changed in personally and moods not for the good.
Since the pain meds have not helped I have decided with my doctor to try and go off of them. It has been a long slow process of about 8 weeks and I am now 90% off of the meds. In 2 weeks I will be totally off of them.
Here is the kicker, I am still in pain 24/7 but it has not gotten any worse. Hench the question…do your pain meds REALLY help? I would welcome any comments.