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3 1/2 months PO L5/S1 ALIF

hi all,
me again. I had success requesting the step down from oxycodone to hydrocodone in the beginning of April. I weaned myself down from 40mg oxycodone (total amount per day) to currently 25 mg hydrocodone (total amount per day). if I try to go any lower than that, the pain takes over. I'm having pretty strong back pain, and pretty awful neuropathic foot/ ankle pain still. I fought my insurance for 6 weeks for approval of Lyrica. today, I won. fingers crossed it's the answer.

background: he told me last visit I had such a "drastic" spondylolithesis (sp?) plus 100% compression of L5 nerve root for 4-5 months, and corresponding foot drop; as well as the largest (flattest?) disc he's ever removed from someone. these are not things I wanted to hear. anyhow, I've done my best to utilize the blend as much as possible. I'm still on some heavy restrictions though.

I do have a question. I go to see the surgeon next week. I'll be 3 1/2 months post op. I still have not been released to PT. my hope is the lyrica helps me to get off of the hydrocodone, as well as the OxyContin. currently pain is 7-8 on a daily basis. do surgeons typically discharge patients at the 3 month mark? wondering if I'm going to be sent back to my PM, or if he (surgeon) will continue seeing me. I know the plan is to wean off all narcotics. I'm game, and started the process myself back in April. I'm a mom to a toddler, so taking all these heavy duty meds makes me nervous -- but they have their place! I'd be stuck on the couch otherwise, all day everyday.

also, what happens if we are weaning and I can't take the pain levels? that part makes me nervous too. this past week I've tried taking just 4 hydrocodone a few days, and had some success. something happened though, and for the past 3 I've been having unmanageable pain.

I know no one on this board is qualified to answer my questions. I'm only looking for others experiences in my situations. I look forward to talking with anyone. thank you :)
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