Hello, just found your forum. It looks like a great fit for me vs. some other forums more med related but I do have med questions.
So I had my anterior L5 S1 graft, surgery for a herniated, arthritic, and many other issues surgery.
I am told it went well. It's been about a month now.
Pain was excruciating after surgery. Worse than before the surgery but I am told I am in that 15% population where to expect it and little of my pain is just nerve pain.
1) Told I am more likely to shoot for the 50% decrease in pain. No "complete" success.
2) Will take a good chunk of time. No quick release.
3) Meds from before the surgery (this took 2 years before it was really approved and happened) have been mostly percocets.-----Until last refill they were all 10/325's. They had me up to 12 per day. Tylenol hell IMHO as I still have a drink here and then. I realize that's a huge no-no but part of me and my issues. Consider me Elvis when it comes to that mess.
4) Lately put me on Fentanyl patches (Watson) 50 mcg. Just moved to every 48 hrs which has been a headache to get fixed with Walgreen's here.
5) The patches do help but goof up my skin pretty bad. Tried Tegaderm to hold them off better but that was a mistake skin wise.
6) I am still on Percocets though I am being weaned down. Now about 20 mg's per day. Spread out more but won't say I never go over that due to pain that kicks in. It's real, not made up.
7) Yup, I still imbibe at times. I am normally careful but have done things that I know are wrong including a few drinks with the Percs. --- I notice NO difference. What is the point? Not sure. I've always been a social drinker sort.
Here's the quandry-
- Not drinking late and not taking percs late (unless I am in a ton of pain
- I get concerned as my breathing seems "off"
- I can't explain it but I get nervous and feel like sometimes I could perhaps be struggling
- My wife has heard me do something like that late at night when she's awoken
So obviously I need to wean off of things especially any alcohol. I don't drink a lot now but it's a lot for some people though compared to what I was doing it's little. Let's just say about a 6 pack.
I know I will get the "what are you thinking" and other quotes. I realize it's big time bad. I also know I am not alone so I could use some intelligent and mature response on how to deal with this.
The sudden breathing issues really concern me.
I can't come clean with my job and do some sort of Club Meb in Malibu for cleaning up (you know the one). Job will "can me" legal or not and I know it for a fact. I need more than than anyways. I need to get to a "safe place" and soon.
SO, suggestions? Realistic ones? What are the most important areas to focus on and things to avoid??? What can I do that will not feel in like I am tied to a bed and can be functional?
- see I have a ton of other sudden issues. Big corp company splitting in 2 and it's going to hit me like getting laid off. Bye $$$.
- What can I take at night to HELP with assuring I will still be breathing? I know a low dose of valium or something is a bad idea but I get nervous and out of my head with all this. I also have short acting meds like that.
Big part of this is the doc scribing the Fentanyl and Percs now is part of a physiatrist practice here. AKA Pain Med Docs. So, I can get randomly tested. Been always good except with occasional booze in me which I am more careful now with watering myself down and stopping EARLY the day before. No- I don't way up shaking and needing a drink. This is not an AA forum and I DO know the difference. Been down that road to see if I should travel it. I make it off of that road.
I need help from people that can talk to any part of this oration and it's really important to me.
I thank you and I am sure I left out a lot but this means a lot to me. I want to be better, feel better and that means physically and mentally.
I hope I am welcomed. I do have real spine problems. I am just a ton more complicated with my mess.
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