On Sept 17th, I had disks removed from C5-C6 and C6-C7 and C5-C7 have been fused. This was a long time in coming. Prior to this, I've had physical therapy, accupuncture, chiropractor visits, and medication therapy.
The meds I'm taking are Oxycodone 5/325, 1-2 every four to six hours. I've been on this schedule for over seven months. Because of being on these so long, they are less effective at eliminating pain. I am also taking diazepam. This is prescribed at 5 mg doses, 2 per day. This also has become less effective at controlling both muscle spasms and anxiety.
Thought it's only been two weeks, I don't think this surgery has been successful. I'm still having pain. The only thing that relieves it is sitting still with ice on my neck. However, I do get up and move about. I live alone and am the only one that is gonna clean my house, do the cooking and the dishes, and get the laundry done.
Prior to surgery, I have been to physical therapy at least a dozen times, and have learned a whole arsenal of exercises to do to keep my muscles loose. I do these two or three times a day.
Also before surgery, I was swimming. It is too soon to get back in the water. Am waiting for the incision to heal. This swimming is the the best thing I have going for me. It releives tension. It replaces gravity with bouyancy. Just being in the water feels good! The exercise is invigorating, and afterward is when I feel my best.
Now I'm at odds. I want off these pain relievers. However, at the same time, I don't think the docs are giving me enough. I don't konw what to do! Neither doc is discussing discontinuation techniques. One doc says take more of the diaZepam, but I'm terribly afraid of this. I was addicted/dependent on Klonopin for 8 years, and getting off that was pure hell for NINE MONTHS!
So, what do I do here? I'm afraid to ask for more of the oxycodone because discontinuation will probably be terrible, but then again I don't think I'm geting enough. I can't be active more than 2 hours, and at 3 hours it is wearing off. I've tried a full 5 mg of the diazepam at a time, and indeed it works much better than taking 2.5 mg, but taking it and the oxycodone drain me of all my energy and all I wanna do is sleep. Then, when I wake, I'm in pain -- sometimes level 8 pain. But they're not offering more of the oyxcodone, and I've told them of my fear of both of these meds. So, what am I suppose to do? My doctors apparently are not talking to each other and most of the time, I'm so anxious I can't tell them what I need or what I want to do. I have even kept a log of when I take the meds and what results they give, but these docs don't even want to look at my records.
What should I be doing? This is making me crazy!