Help, I am struggling! I am 4.5 weeks post op from fusion, and trying to wean off hydrocodone. I started with 12 percoset a day the first 2 weeks over which time I reduced to 8 per day. Then I switched to hydrocodone. I was able to reduce to 7 per day last week, but had trouble over the weekend when taking care of my young child and bumped back up to 8. I started work from home today and tried to just take 6 but was totally miserable all day and took one more in the evening. I know walking us very important so I have a pedometer and walk about 3.5 miles per day. I have bad nerve pain on the right side that flares up throughout the day. I am curious to know how soon others have weaned off of pain meds and what is normal and what I should strive for. I am still in ALOT of pain but want to get off these meds, should I just be tough and grind through the pain? What is the right balance? Am I being too aggressive on the walking? Is it ok to keep taking 7-8 hydros a day for a few more weeks? All opinions, thoughts, and experiences are welcome!!!! Please help!!!
Persistant lumbar pain for 5 years. Nerve pain in legs with numbness at times. Herniated disc and DDD at L4/L5 with nerve impingement. Tried physical therapy, yoga, chiropractor, steroid injections, etc. TLIF and decompression scheduled for 2/20/2014