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Hello everyone! I am 8 weeks out from a successful ALIF surgery at L4--L5. The problem I am having is tapering off an 11 yr dependency to my opiod medication. My gosh this is the hardest thing I have ever gone through. My dr didn't say "ok let's get you off this medication" I did. Which I am kicking myself in the butt for. Just kidding, partly. This is insanely hard. My body is so dependant in it. As well as my brain? The whole reason I had my surgery is because my pain was no longer tolerated by meds. My condition worsened and I no longer wanted to be on this medication anymore. So with my surgery being successful, continuing this medication makes me believe I will just be a drug addict. Tapering off has confused me. I have pain which I pray is just phantom pain. Any advice would be appreciated. God bless