I had my 3 week post opp today (acdf c5/6) and left confused and disappointed. I am still in a significant amount of pain. In 3 weeks I have only had 3 full nights of sleep. Unfortunately I had to stop taking the percocet they had prescribed me due to a possible allergy. So I have been without relief since Tuesday. I have scheduled an appointment with my PC doc on Monday to address getting allergy testing done. I am also allergic to aspirin/ibuprofen. With that said the only meds they would give me today were tramadol (never works for severe pain) and Zanflex. I let her know my concerns about how ineffective the tramadol is. However she said going forward all pain meds would either have to go thru my PC or I need to go to pain management. I personally hate pain management. I have only been 2 times and both times they made me feel like a criminal for being in pain and asking for something stronger than tramadol on a as need biases. Both times they refused to give me anything until I did the cervical epidural's. I did the epidural's (they didn't work) and they still wouldn't give me stronger pain meds. So they sent me back to the ortho. A month later I was in surgery.
FYI... I hate taking all pills especially strong pain meds so if I take them it is because I have tried everything else first. I don't even drink alcohol.
So my question is can the PC doc prescribe me something stronger than tramodal for a short period of time? If so what is similar to the relief percocet can give?
At this point I really regret doing the surgery. The only reason I went thru with it was the amount of compression from two large bone spur clumps. I dealt with the busted disk for years and was able to manage the pain. After surgery all of my symptoms have tripled in intensity.