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Hmmmm-fellow spineys-stopped hydrocodone today--uuuughhhhhh



  • I really do miss having a beer and cocktails.

    I am so happy for those of you who can start indulging again! That is a huge accomplishment. :)

    Hope the aches go away real soon and better weather days are in the forecast.


  • I agree Colleen, beer, wine, margies~it all sounds good! We all need to get better quickly so we can go party with Jeanie!

    Since my surgery, not only have I not had wine, I haven't had coffee or diet cokes also!! ugg! I need to have soom fun! Shari
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  • Hi Jeannie

    We're just the opposite here in Perth where we've had our hottest and driest summer ever, so you're welcome to some of it. I guess I've been lucky with my recovery because I've been able to get out for a walk each morning.

    To tide me over for pain after physio or from just doing that little bit too much, I got another script from my local doctor for oxycodone. I cut the tablets in half and only take them when I absolutely have to. I'd get another script of the hydrocodone to tide you over.


    XLIF L2-4 20.8.15
    ALIF L4/5 2009
    Laminectomy/discectomy L4/5 2008
  • Why no coffee or diet coke, I did not get those restricitons. I don't drink cofee, but tea, was that on the list of NO NOs?
    If you drank Starbucks you probably have saved a fortune.
  • Not2Happy said:
    Why no coffee or diet coke, I did not get those restricitons. I don't drink cofee, but tea, was that on the list of NO NOs?
    When I was first looking into fusion the ortho I was seeing who did my microD. He said smoking was a massive no-no. Next at a much lower level would be caffeine. He just told me cutting down would be good. So coffee, tea, chocolate, etc... Caffeine dehydrates you. That includes, to a lesser level, your discs.

    The neuro who just did my fusion wasn't too concerned about coffee. He refused to do surgery on smokers.

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  • Yes, sometimes we do not realize we have pain in other parts of the body or even spine, until we stop taking a particular medication.

    I never felt Lyrica was helping my pain until I stopped. Then I realized it had been masking all the lesser pains. My "major" nerve pain didn't really seem a lot worse, but I suddenly discovered I had lots of other smaller nerve pain sensations in both legs.

    Have you ever taken Celebrex? It might help you all-over...but I don't really know if it is any better/worse for you long-term than hydrocodone.

  • Hi: I know how hard it is to get off these darn meds. Especially if they are a narcotic. I have avoided these for many years and have had good results with Ultram (tramadol). It's non-narcotic, non-addictive and does relieve swelling and pain. 3 times a day does the trick (100 mg. each time). A pain Doc told me that I had to spread the doses out during the day and to make sure that I took the last dose just before bedtime so that I would have enough of the med in my system for the night. It has always worked for me.

    Hope this note helps yoiu in some way....good luck. Marsha
  • yes Trish,please send some of that hot sun!!!----I was offered Celebrex,and I turned it down--I will be ok-it will just take a few days-if I refill the script,I still have to face the day I quit taking it-but it is a good idea to wean off.What was I thinking!!!Also,today was the first day I went back to substitute teaching--so when I got home about 3 I took a bath,drank a beer,got in the recliner,and fell asleep for about an hour.Like the hydro,the only way I am going to build up my stamina is just jump in and do it!!!But,I do hope I am not called for tomorrow.----Jay,if I couldn't have coffee or coke,I would go over the edge-how do you do it?
  • I can't believe how great you are doing at 10 weeks post op. Where did you have your fusion and what type was it? I wish I did as well as you. Anyway, there is no rush when it comes to healing from spinal surgery and if you need a Hydro here or there for the pain, that is absolutely just fine and don't feel bad for having to take one. I do admire that you are weaning down on pain meds and even managed to go back to work. Just be careful and rest whenever you have to. Take care
  • I know it had some effects, but I would't think a cup in the AM to wake you up from drugged sleep would hurt. I hope not, my caffeine intake has increased as I try to stay awake during the day, or else I don't sleep as well at night. It not much, but I don't think I could do without. Chocolate, yes, the meds ruined my taste for it. Maybe I shouldn't wean myself from the meds until I am 10 lbs lighter, wish I could LMAO.
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