I am post-op day 9 from a 2-level ACDF (with autograft). I was discharged home after 1 night. At discharge, I was given a prescription for Percocet 1-2 tabs every 6 hours as needed. I had to see the MD 4 days post-op because I developed a fever. For pain management, he switched me to Vicodin 1-2 tabs every six hours. That dose was not enough.
On Friday, when I called the office for my first refill, the order was called in for 1 Vicodin every six hours. This has not been adequate for pain control! :S I am in a great deal of pain today and of course, it is the weekend. I have an appointment for suture/ staple removal on Monday and plan to discuss this with the MD. Whenever we discuss pain medication, he makes me feel like I am not personally managing my pain effectively.
I do not want to rely on pain medication, but strongly feel I need it right now and in a higher dose than my surgeon is prescibing. Any suggestions on what to say?