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kyadog115kkyadog115 Posts: 266
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I hate to admit this here but.....I was using Cocaine over the Thanksgiving period. I was scheduled for an L5 disectomey. I went into the hosp. to have this done but my former g/f called them and told them of my drug use. I was all set for the surgery however they Urine tested me and it was pos,for cocaine. They refused to operate. The anestheologist said w/that in my system I am at a much greater risk of death. They sent me home. I've been clean and now the surgery is set for 12-10. Any comments?


  • Your former g/f probably did you a favor, although you may not appreciate it. Being a former health care worker, I know how important it is to get an accurate history. The doctors and nurses don't care about the fact that you were doing an illegal drug. It would be the same for certain medications (asprin, ibuprofen ect.) The health care workers are just trying to keep you healthy and alive, they aren't there to pass judgement or for legal issues. They just need you to be honest!
    Best wishes on a successful surgery. :)
  • Thank the good Lord for your girlfriend. It seems that she really cares for you a lot! Like said above, I hope that was the last time you use. Best wishes for a successful surgery on 12/10 and a speedy recovery. I know you will be smart enough not to mix illegal drugs with any prescriptions you may be given after surgery! Good luck!
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  • Hi,

    Were you simply using the cocaine recreationally, with other people in a social setting? Or, are you using it regularly for pain relief? You definately need to be completely honest with your doctors and nurses. As part of the hippocratic oath, they are sworn only to attempt to save your life and keep you well. If you have been using coke regularly for pain relief then they need to know this. I have never tried coke, but I do have a very high tolerance for alcohol and prescription pain medications. I don't think my doctors knew just how high as they did not medicate me well enough while I was under anesthesia. I awoke from surgery screaming and thrashing. It took 7 different iv pain meds and 4 hours to find something to get my pain under control. I do not wish this upon you. Please be honest. And, if you have a problem with street drugs, feel free to use the social services offered by the hospital to help you get and stay clean. Good luck!

    One Love,

  • it is best to be honest all the way with the medical world. They are ethically duty bound not to disclose anything so information is safe.

    Many street drugs interfere with many every day medicines.
    I think (i may stand to be corrected) that cocaine and adrenaline causes a heart attack.
    Adrenaline is used frequently in ITU/Er situtations.

    There are more but i don't recall them.

    Anyhow, my message here is be honest. They are not their to judge you but help you.
  • Yes, I am a regular user of Cocaine,sadly enough. However,it is an anisthetic and helps me control pain. My neuro kept saying to me all along.....I cant believe you are walking around,you must have a very high tolerance to pain. He kept saying that most people w/a broken,flattened disc such as what I have would be in his ofice on a stretcher. I've been clean 9 days now and hope I can stay this way.
    Thanks for the replies.

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  • First I want to commend you on being honest with yourself and us here at Spine-Health. I know that it is not easy to do! Please continue to reach out and accept help. I know that pride will stand in the way if you let it. I want you to know that you are not your addiction, your are not your back pain. The true essence of who you are cannot be labeled or put into a box. I am so proud of you for the 9 days that you have been clean. Keep talking about it so that you can build accountability but also reach out when you are feeling weak. You can do it!

    One Love,

  • Stephanie,
    Thanks so much for that. Very well put. I have had this addiction for years. I'm now 50(well,on 12-24) Anyway,it's hard and I am struggling,but I have to make a change. I'm too old for this nonsense.
    Thanks for the support...

  • I want to congratulate you for being clean for nine days, and I hope you will be able to stay so. I can't imaging how hard it is for you and and top of that, having this grueling pain. Thank you for your frankness and candor, this is something difficult for people to share. I hope all things go well and that you have your surgery so you can get on the road to recovery, on both fronts.
  • Thank You !
  • No problem, we're here for you :)
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