Iam 7 weeks post op from a 3 level fusion.Pain is much less but meds still needed some.I take percocet.
Hubby took no pain meds at all after coming home from his lumbar fusion. However, from reading the posts on this board, I think he was among the very
few and the very lucky.
Each person has a differant pain tolerace,as for me i have a very high pain tolerane,my first surgrey i only used the pain pump 2 to 3 times and then no more pain meds,but for this one it could be a differant story.
Low pain tolerance here! I don't like hurting, consequently I about wore the paint off the pain pump button I had in the hospital..Haha. Seriously, once I got home, I did take Percocet once a day till the bottle ran out. About a month I guess. Never took anything after that. Recently, my NS prescribed Lyrica for persistent pain, but I'm hesitant to take, and haven't. The pain isn't that bad and I don't really want to mask a symptom that may be trying to tell me something.
I took percocet initially and then changed to Norco fairly consistently for about a month then was able to wean down to only taking it at night. Mainly because once I got in bed my legs would ache so much and have pain in my hips (not so much for my back). If I could have only taken ibuprofen or could have soaked in the tub I would have been able to get rid of them more quickly. After my 8 week appoint, I was allowed to take a bath which helped SOOOOO much! Now I think I'm addicted to my baths (but I guess that's better than the meds, right!) I still need a muscle relaxer most nights as I get very stiff. Haven't taken "pain meds" for about a month now. (now 11 weeks post surgery.
5 1/2 weeks post complex 360 fusion with corpectomy I am on the meds I was on before surgery plus 2 15 mg roxycodone a day. After 3 years of meds, I'm understandably a bit tolerant.
But the difference is that now I am pretty comfortable with the meds as long as I listen to my body. Before surgery, I was in moderate pain most of the time, even with the meds.
It can be from one week to years post-op, everyone has different experiences.
I had alif on nov 1 st and im still on my meds 5 mg oxycodone 2 every 8 hrs and a muscle relaxer lyrica and i couldn't do it without my meds....had Alif on l4/l5 but still have problems at l5/s1 as well and c4/c/5 c/6 so its for multti things!....everyone is different and i was told it can take up to 18 months be pain free its been almost 3 months and im not in pt yet till next month!!! hope this helped
THIS IS MY LIFE NOT MY PAINS YOU CANT HAVE MY LIFE
I'm four years post op and take Lortab 7.5 PRN. My pain is pretty much event driven. If I'm overly active, playing golf or have to pick up a heavy person (EMS) then I'm usually hitting the meds.
Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
oxycodone pretty consistently for about 18 months after surgery. I had a three-level fusion. I still have a prescription, and I still take it occasionally after doing a lot of physical work or sometimes even just from being out in the cold too long (those rods HURT when they get cold). However, I'd say I probably take 4-5 a month now instead of each day.
3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
Amen on the cold weather pain!