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4 weeks post op l5 lam w/instrumentation off meds

Hi all. I'm four weeks out and just finished a week of hydrocodone withdrawal. I have never been through anything so horrible in my life. I went cold turkey mainly due to a mistake in not refilling the medication. I was only on them about four months and was so sick I thought I was going to die. I found Dramamine to be very helpful. Pain is about a 5 if I overdo it too much. The upside is that I can better feel when I need to rest and I'm not as zoned out so feel comfortable making short drives. Things are beginning to look up, but still a ways to go. pt starts tomorrow. Best wishes to you all.


  • EvsolutionsEEvsolutions Posts: 21
    edited 01/06/2015 - 5:35 PM
    Hi mate,
    I'm sorry to hear this, we have spoke about this before on here I think. So that is quite a shock to me to hear what you went through that's terrible I hope it's better now, what mg were you on? I was on hydro pre & post surgery and am also on slow release oxy also. I have spoken to my doc about this and god I hope we ween slowly off these. What did you go through/feel if you don't mind me asking? I would love to know, I to went away pre surgery & forgot to take my pills with me & first day had eyes watering, yawning & tiredness . I got a script cleared over the phone to a local pharmacy and only went without for a day but had those symptoms hit immediately & it has been in the back of mind ever since knowing the battle I have after I have recovered from the fusion when I come off the meds, I have been assured it will be done correctly and just drop the dose slowly over some time, how come you couldn't do it this way or was it a choice to just have a crack at cold turkey? I have wondered if I have the time and right headspace to do it this way at home also & just get it over with and off the meds in a week instead of dragging it out, but I guess you don't recommend this!
    All the best
  • You can google norco withdrawal symptoms online, but they are basically nausea, vomiting, diarrhea etc. Sometimes they prescribe zofran/ondansetron to help with the nausea.
    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
  • At first I thought it was the flu. I was on hydrocodone 10/325 for about four months total. Sweats, sleeplessness, nausea, overall feeling like death when I stopped. I hhadn't refilled the prescription earlier because i had plenty at the time. I ddidn'tknow the script was only good for a few days before expiring. I saw my doctor this week and the have me on tTylenol 3 as needed and soma for the restless leg. Doing much better, but did think I'dgo through this after being on them for such a short time . Walking tons and eating better. Still tire easily. Supposed to go back to work Feb 2, so I guess its good i stopped. Pain level is about a 5, which is way better than before surgery.
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