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How long on strong meds

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  • I must have an insane tolerance....

    After my microD in recovery I was on Valium, Percocet, Morphine, AND Dilaudid... They gave each pain med 15 mins or so to kick in and when it didn't they moved up to the next strongest. Dilaudid was the only thing that worked for me. And I kept dozing off but I didn't feel sick at all and never got nauseous or threw up. I currently take 2 percs every 4 hours and never get nauseous. My body must love pain meds or something...Lol.
  • I think I lucked out in the pain med department...

    I have a high tolerance to narcotics, so I was taking 10mgs of percocet every 4 hours before surgery, then after just a little microD I had Valium for the anxiety, 2 or 3 Percocets, a few injections of Morphine, and this is all within an hour... STILL complained and they gave me a bunch of injections of Dilaudid on top of all that.... I spaced out like crazy, but didn't feel any pain. For some reason they are good to me about that. My NS still gives me 90 percs a week.... Granted, if I wasn't waiting for another surgery, she'd probably wean me off of them, but... I never have any problems getting the meds I need. If I need muscle relaxers, I just call and request them. The other day she doubled the strength of my Flexeril without me even asking for it. They are the first Drs office I've ever had that didn't give me major drama.
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  • Maybe you are!! But if we were all that lucky would we be in pain so much?! LOL
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,265
    is as long as they are still needed! My Pain Mgt doctor has always told me that while you are in pain AND that you do all the things that you have been told to do , pain medications ar fine. Point in case, I have not had surgery since 2000, but dealing with Thoracic problems the past 2 1/2 years, I'e been on pain medications almost regularly since that time.
    Only in the past couple of months, have I eliminated Oxycontin ER from my medication blend
    So How Long is How Long?
    That really depends on the individual. We are not text book cases, so there are always exceoptions
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • It sounds like some of your docs are drug pushers! Harsh-I know. I believe that you should be given pain meds when they are needed but at what point do they draw the line on the amount of meds AND the length of time? With so many people being addicted to pain meds-aren't you at all concerned? I am just 3 weeks post op-I really have not needed even tylenol since 2 weeks post op. I know that I may be the exception-but it still makes me wonder.
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  • My surgeon is a genius..probably the best back surgeon on the West Coast and he has written papers in the medical journals on back surgery and pioneered a procedure. I had a doctor friend of mine look his credentials up pior to surgery...he is a Harvard fellow and he associates with a very fine group of doctors and Neurosurgeons in Los Angeles, mostly all Harvard trained.

    I would hardly call him a drug pusher!

    Maybe you have an extremely high pain tolerance.

  • My doctor is FAR from a med pusher. I requested pain meds, and I have to call every week to request a refill, and then go pick it up. I don't get refills preloaded, and in MA, you can't call narcotics into a pharmacy, you have to walk in with the paper and show ID, it's illegal otherwise.

    I have a high tolerance for everything.... narcotics, alcohol, etc. My entire family does. It's not my fault it takes a lot to make a dent in the pain... It is what it is. But my doctor is safe about it, which is why she switched me to Oxycodone (percocet without the tylenol) so that it didn't destroy my liver or do any damage to my body. If I don't take the pain meds, I can barely walk. At 22, with a child to take care of, I need to walk. So I don't care if people judge me for being on pain meds, or think I have a low pain tolerance... I don't at all. BUT why would I choose to feel pain if I don't have to? I don't plan on weaning myself off pain killers until AFTER my fusion surgery, and after physical therapy. My NS office is the best around, and the head NS there graduated first in his class from Boston University... And gives seminars worldwide. They know what they're doing.

    If someone has a history of chemical dependence, then yeah, doctors should be careful... Otherwise, there is nothing morally, ethically, or physically wrong with taking medicine so that you can function day to day. We don't all have someone to take care of us. Some of us have to do every single thing on our own, and would like to be able to stand up when we wake up in the morning.
  • It's not necessarily a person's pain tolerance, it's each person's individual body. It is not a universal pain... Surgery feels different depending on the person.. Which is why some people get up and walk no problem, and others need walkers. Which is why some people can have 6 herniated discs and feel no pain, and others can have one and feel tons. Each person is different, and if someone is taking their meds responsibly, a normal dose, normal intervals, then who is anyone to say they are wrong? There is a difference between taking care of your pain, and being recreational.
  • Thanks for rubbing your success in /:) I had the same fusion levels done as you - but also 7 other procedures. I still need my pain meds. I am trying to have a good outlook and stay positive- but some days are hell still.

    Please do not expect each of us to recover at the same rate as you. If I need pain meds until next year- Thank God my doctor will give me them.

    I heard from a friend of mine that rarely do people in pain actually abuse pain meds.

    My body may be dependant on the pain meds in order to get through the day- so I can go to the market for my family, clean the kitchen, or do a load of laundry. But it is a far cry from addiction.

    Your Buddy,
    Julie
  • This is a loaded issue for sure. I keep trying to stop my pain meds but my husband and doctor keep telling me that I should not if I am feeling pain. Sadly one of the reasons I keep thinking I should be past needing them is...because of other people. I am trying to grow up (I am 48) and not care what "society" thinks..it is my life not someone elses. I also know that even within my body pain can be different. Before I had surgery my primary doc told me that I tollerated pain to well and that in a case like this (spine issues etc) that really wasn't a good thing.

    I wish I was a better writer but I 'm not so bottom line...

    You are your own best policeman..I think that if you're in pain and it affects your life then why should you not use the medicines that have been developed for this. I talked with my doc about addiction and being worried (no I don't have any addiction problems I just worry) and he quite frankly told me that he didn't see that as I had TRUE pain and if it did happen they have things to help you off it anyway.

    Good luck to all in pain and I am so sorry that we feel we have to justify our pain so much. :T

    PP
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