Hi guys (: Love that there are others to talk to about this stuff.........also sad that there are people to talk to about this stuff .
Just wondering how long some of you required pain meds after your fusion? I did something kinda stupid earlier this week by proudly telling my family Doc that I was ready to come off the medication. She placed me on a quick "wean" of eight days which sounded good to me. i think i was taking roughly 20mg of Vicodin per day....she told me to take 10 mg for 4 days...then 5mg for 4 more days...this still sounded like a good plan until 24 hours into it i noticed that i was waking up in the night hurting and having some issues with the am..... the middle of the day is somewhat OK because I can ice and focus on other things, but the night and morning are still quite ouchy! Now I feel ridiculous. I guess I have the mentality of being judged for needing the medication along with my own personal fears of dealing with the side effects, but here I am...suffering. I know the word 'normal" is not the best approach, but instead can I ask when most of you did not need this kind of pain control anymore...again i am 4.5 weeks post L4 L5 fusion.........Thank you so much...... hugs and well wishes.