I am a 23 y/o collegiate football player. Or was one until my arms went numb, weak, and had shooting pains for months. I also had trouble gaining strength in my upper body in that time period, and frequent back spasms. I've had multiple surgeries (other than spine) and this was probably the worst I have experienced. After one day at practice I decided enough was enough. I was sent for x-ray which showed Cervical Kyphosis. I practiced a few more times, pain only got worse and soon I had an MRI appointment. I had a large central herniation in c5/6 w/ spinal cord compression. Also, DDD in that disc and the two surrounding it. Due to the pain I was prescribed vicodin for the month up until surgery. This past Tuesday the 14th of October, I had a spinal fusion of my c5/6.
I am only about one week out of surgery now. They sent me home from the hospital with a 10 extended release oxycontin 10mg, 100 instant release hydrocodone hcl 5mg, 40 valium 5mg. I woke up on the third day post op in extreme, extreme pain despite the meds I was on. I called the offices immediately and they put me on a round of prednisolone which seems to be helping.
I Have been taking anywhere between 3-4 hydrocodone's every 3 hrs, an oxycontin once a day in the morning, and a valium once every 6 hours. I find that when I am on all three, pain is manageable but still significant. I am not doing so well sleeping yet either, I've had more success with recliner than the bed. The oxycontin long release was supposed to be taken everyday but the hydrocodone "as needed for breakthrough pain". Well, there hasn't been a minute without breakthrough pain post op.
I have tried to test myself without painkillers once or twice now with today being the longest, about a time period of 6 hours. It was a huge mistake. I was in a whole ton of pain and it hurt just to sit still. My worst fear is becoming addicted to these medications I am prescribed. I know I had a very serious surgery, but I know many young people that have had their lives ruined by painkillers. I know I may be showing an irrational fear only being a week from surgery, but I have one oxycontin left for tomorrow and a day or two left of hydrocodone after that and I will be out. I want to wane myself off the painkillers out of pure fear, but maybe I am just being unrealistic and it is too early for that. I worry that my doc will think I am abusing them if I call in for a refill. As you can see I am worried about a lot of things right now. I think I am stressed from everything all together.
I think I just need to hear from some other people and their stories, and some encouragement. Couldn't hurt. I have been reading without posting for a week or two now already now and I figured it couldn't hurt to post.