Good morning fellow warriors! I say "warriors" because we are all in the major battle of recovery, eh?
Wondered from the rest of you what your docs allow in terms of pain meds. I am exactly 2 weeks post op and my doc is pretty aggressive about getting me to reduce my use of Lortab down from 20 mgs every 4 hours after surgery to 10 mgs every 5 or 6 hours now. In addition, I can add in tylenol every 4 to 6 hours, small dosage. Doc says NO NSAIDS for at least 3 months and longer if there is a problem with fusion.
He also won't allow any type of ice pack, etc. I am using the magnetic field machine (obviously not the technical term) once a day for 30 mins.
Aside from meds, I've noticed that if I get up and walk at least once every hour the pain seems to be more manageable.My secondary incision where bone was harvested for graft is actually much more painful than the central, 5" incision for the fusion but I've read that is normal.
What are the experiences of others in terms of what their docs are allowing and are there any other "tips" for pain management? I'm sure there are other posts that address this but I'm not sure how to search for them so forgive the redundancy.
Blessings and hugs - Kathy in Atlanta