I had lumbar decompression (L4-S1) and fusion surgery (L4-L5) with instrumentation one month ago today. Have been on hydrocodone and now the doc has cut the dosage down so low I can't stand it. I was taking 1-1/2 tab every 4 hours and now the rx is for 1 every 6 hours. The pain is unbearable for those last 1-1/2 to 2 hours. My question is this: am I addicted to the pain med or am I still having expected pain from the surgery. How do you know when you are addicted? I don't want to go down that road, but when I awake from a deep sleep crying in pain, I need help. Do I push myself to cut the meds down like this or what? Your thoughts will be appreciated.