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  • Very, very well put lotsofinfototakein
  • Ive been on Percacet 10mg since March 7th. I could not be on vicoden cause it makes me sick. BUT I like percacet. I have had a rough time getting off. Im now 1/2 pill about 12 hours now. doing well
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  • ....1/2 every 12. I look forward to that myself and eventually being off them.

    Are you a guitar player?
  • Is not bad at ALL. I take 3 to 4 pills of oxycodone without tylenol every 4 to 6 hours... I have to or the pain is so bad I can't even stand up or walk....

    1/2 every twelve hours or even 1 every twelve hours is totally fine... Good job :)
  • I had my knee done first. Mostly because it had waited 5 year - until I reached Medicare. I did ask my back surgeon if the back would support the knee and it said it would. However, the knee I had replaced last year is hurting now and I can't figure out why. It had stopped that. I am going to call my knee surgeon (who, I think assisted on my back) tomorrow to see what he thinks.

    In some ways, the knee was worse, but emotionally, the back was worse (2 level fusion with instrumentation) probably because I could do more with the knee. IF it didn't cause the knee to hurt - do it.

    Good luck on yours.
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  • I have found that I have a high tolerence for pain meds. I need a high dose to even make a dent in my pain levels.

    I was on morphine 700mg a day + 180ml of Oramorph - it did nothing for me apart from make me hallucinate twice - not fun! Docs put me on Fantanyl Patches 150mcg/hr - they didnt help with the pain so they took me off them. I am now on Oxycodone 80mg twice a day.

    I am worried that if I am on this strength of pain killer now what on eart are they going to give me when I have my surgery? This is causing me real worry.

    As for length of time, as its been said we are all individuals, we all know our bodies best. We all have a repsonisbility to ourselves to do what is best for us at the time, and if we get into difficulty ie meds not working, or bad side effects we will do whats right and get advice about whats best to do.

    As for being a druggie, don't think so. I use a pill pot so I can take my meds when Im supposed to, my husband knows what I am taking and when as I have written it done for him.

    My mum thought I could take a paraccetamol (weak pain med) for my back, then I collapsed in the grocery store and then she got a little insight as to what I was going through.

    Sorry for long post. I am trying to keep strong and remember the adage there is always someone more worse off than you. I guess when you are in pain all day long you can easily forget that, and become focussed on yourself - hope that makes some kinda sense.

    Love Danni oxo
  • Like Kinpain and Shay I did not tolerate narcotics well at all either.

    When the 10 day supply of 5mg Roxicodone ran out (I had stretched it out to about 15 days) I never got around to getting a refill and have just had tylenol since.

    Have there been days I wish I had some - yes. Mostly nights when I try to sleep. The Valium never did work for the achy nerve pain I get in my legs as I try to sleep.

    Although, I did find something this last week that has stopped that ache: Laughter and being passionate about something (don't be thinking like that - my DH is in Iraq, so none of THAT kind of passion /:) ) What I did was attend the Storytelling Festival and I laughed so much each day that I had tears running down my face =)) - when I came home each night I was exhausted, but the stories would just keep running through my head - there was no room for pain.

    Laughter - the best medicine for me :)

    p.s. Don't be trying this TOO soon after surgery! I watched the show 'Wipeout' just days after coming home from the hospital and laughing too soon, particularly when you can't STOP laughing, was a bit painful! #o
  • HI, I'm new here and from reading your blog I can see that you are living with back pain, like many others! I hear about some people having back surgery and not having to take any pain meds and living a normal life, but I've never met one!! I've had three surgeries so far and I've been in pain since the first one, 18 years ago!! Basicly I feel no one should have any kind of surgery unless it's life threatening or if the pain is so bad that you just can't live with it! Keep your original equipment as long as you can! I suffer every day of my life and take 100mg oxy,40mg tab,20mg val,4somas and recently started lyrica up to 600mg per day! I'm still in pain most of the time and I just wanted to inform any of you out there that hasn't yet used lyrica for nerve pain, you should try it! It definitely helps for the severe nerve pain, especially sciatica! I have come a long way since my first surgery and my heart goes out to anyone that has endured any kind of back surgery! I say if your Doc thinks you need pain meds and they work, at all, then thank God you can get them! I know for a fact that anyone that "truly" is suffering with back pain will not abuse their meds!
  • If you are taking 80mg of Oxycontin twice a day, I would be sure and discuss post op meds with your doc and also help titrating off that level of oxycontin once your pain is under control.

    I went into surgery on an ungodly amount of opioids and knew it would be impossible to titrate down without some serious help. I had been on the opioids for a couple years and was very physically dependent. So the decision was made to do rapid detox under general anesthesia after the surgery. It worked and I no longer use opioids for pain control.

    Pain medications have their place in treating chronic pain. The key is having a doc that understands you and understands the medications, enough to keep your pain tolerable and your life functionable. There are many people who are on them for the rest of their life. It's simply treating a problem with the right drug. How long, is something that none of us are qualified to determine.

  • I'm sorry you're in such agony :( That has got to be so rough. Kudos for getting as far as you have.

    My understanding, based on my Neurosurgeon and Ortho was that if surgery is indicated for the right thing, it's very rarely going to fail, or make things worse. Sometimes, they aren't entirely sure what is causing someone the pain and problems, so they go with their best guess. I think now a days, thankfully, there are more definitive tests which aid in the selection process.

    You are right about the last part... I get judged so much for being 22 and taking pain killers multiple times a day. Everybody (meaning people in my life, not anyone on this board) assumes I am taking them to get high or for recreational purposes. It actually kind of upsets me... I don't like people thinking I'm not sincere or honest. I genuinely need them.... They all say I'm going to get addicted and that they know all these people that don't take them, and they respect them for it, blah blah... Very insulting. I think pain meds are a personal choice. My doctor keeps up on blood tests with me to check my liver function... So there's no chance I'm abusing them, or it would show in my levels. My Neurosurgeon keeps a copy of every narcotic prescription they give me. They haven't said anything at all to me about lowering the dose or getting off them... I doubt they will until after my next surgery. I appreciate your sentiment there... It's good to know that some people truly do understand!
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