ALIF surgery 12/17/2014
December 2nd my neurosurgeon became my pain management doctor as well. I had been seeing a regular pain specialist for about a year prior to the neurosurgeon and ended that contract with them on December 2nd as well.
As of December 2nd I was put on:
Oxycontin 10 milligram tabs twice daily -8 a.m. And 8 p.m.
Oxycodone 5 milligram immediate release tabs - 1 to 2 every 33 hours
Gabapentin 300 milligram capsules - 4 times daily
December 6th I lost control of my bowels and had the most intense leg pain so I called the neurosurgeon - had to page him because it was after hours and a weekend - His nurse called back and said to increase the Oxycontin 10mg tabs to 3 times per day (8am, 2pm and 10pm) and if I lost control of my bowels again to go to the ER for another MRI to either diagnose ur rule out Cauda Equina Syndrome. I never had a bowel loss after that or at least not like the first time.
I am 3 days post op ALIF - L5-S1 with bone graft. Was inpatient one night.
Post Op Pain Meds are the same - Oxcycontin 10 mg tabs twice daily and Oxycodone 5mg immediate release tabs same instructions as I listed above.
They wouldn't increase the meds prior to surgery because they sa I d they wouldn't be able to control my pain after surgery efffectily.
I cannot get my pain levels below a 5 and I don't how to as approach the surgeon about it.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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