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Surgery to be scheduled,detox first?

I am new here but need some opinions as to my thoughts.
Of course I am addicted to roxicodone,I should be taking OPANA with it but have refused from start,yes in away bad decision.now they are making me try something called subys it is fentanyl in a small spray for under tounge use.mostly for cancer pts but you know docs.ive yet to use it.but I will have to as I am running out of Roxie.
OK .... The real question is this surgery now inevitable as discs x2 lean on spinal cord along with 2 other bulging on fluid surrounding cord and impingement a @mutiple locations.
I have been reading about hyper algesia,my idea is too go too rehab prior to surgery deal with whatever happens in a lot of cases pain is diminished to acceptable levels and then be treated like a normal human being in hospital prior and post op.
My GP said today this seems to be a valid ,cognitive idea.
Spine surgeon says why do that to yourself.
Please help with opinions or exp.
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  • SarahLindeauSarahLindeau Posts: 767
    edited 01/17/2014 - 9:24 AM
    Hi miserable,

    First of all, I want to commend you on taking a serious look in the mirror at yourself and being honest by admitting that you have an addiction to your pain meds. A lot of chronic pain patients are in the paradoxical situation of being addicted to what would normally be given to them as a treatment. It takes a lot of courage to admit your addiction and to try to do what's best for you with an upcoming surgery. So I commend you for that- seriously .

    I don't know the answer to your question but I would contact an addiction specialist and work with him/her on your specific needs and what your goal is for this surgery. The good news is that you will hopefully be in a position to have your back/next issues fixed and possibly ultimately be off all narcotics in the future. That is possible, so keep your spirits up - you just have to work with a professional to mark out a plan of action to get you there without jeopardizing your sobriety.
    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
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