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Questions on Pain Meds

GreyEagleGGreyEagle Posts: 350
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:24 AM in Pain Medications
Hi everyone. I am currently on Morphine 15mg 2x a day, Vicodin 5/500 3x a day, lyrica 100 mg 3x a day. I am having cervical spine surgery sometime in the next month to month and a a half.

I saw my DO last week. He is going to cut my meds back a bit. I think he plans on dropping the Vicodin and just having me on morphine 3x a day. He said otherwise I could face problems with breathing post-op as well as surgical staff having troubles controlling my post-op pain because of the levels of meds I have been on pre-op.

Does this sound like a familiar scenario? I have noticed that over about a month and a half on the morphine and Vicodin they don't control my pain as much as they did at first.

Thanks for listening!

Ken GreyEagle


  • that really does sound logical. I have read many other posts that the surgeon did the same exact thing. Tolerance is built up so quickly on these meds and they want them to be effective when you really need them. Good luck and keep us posted on your surgery.
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,745
    My lungs gave me big trouble on the fist 2 surgery's. long before the 3, I began increased walking,with hills, about 3 mi. 2 times a day, what a difference! Post surgery I blew all the balls 1 time I tried.
    Good luck, Jim
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    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
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  • with Jim. I had my gallbladder removed in 1998 and I was in perfect physical condition. I walked every single day and worked out at a gym at least three times a week. I was feeling fully recovered 1 day after surgery! Now, last year I had back surgery and by this point, I am overweight, I smoke and in terrible physical condition. That surgery was horrid to recover from. I really do believe that if you can do some type of cardio workouts preop, you're recovery will be much easier. Good luck.
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