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How long on pain meds after fusion surgery?

grjtggrjt Posts: 9
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:50 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Iam 7 weeks post op from a 3 level fusion.Pain is much less but meds still needed some.I take percocet.


  • Hubby took no pain meds at all after coming home from his lumbar fusion. However, from reading the posts on this board, I think he was among the very
    few and the very lucky.
  • Each person has a differant pain tolerace,as for me i have a very high pain tolerane,my first surgrey i only used the pain pump 2 to 3 times and then no more pain meds,but for this one it could be a differant story.
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  • Low pain tolerance here! I don't like hurting, consequently I about wore the paint off the pain pump button I had in the hospital..Haha. Seriously, once I got home, I did take Percocet once a day till the bottle ran out. About a month I guess. Never took anything after that. Recently, my NS prescribed Lyrica for persistent pain, but I'm hesitant to take, and haven't. The pain isn't that bad and I don't really want to mask a symptom that may be trying to tell me something.

  • I took percocet initially and then changed to Norco fairly consistently for about a month then was able to wean down to only taking it at night. Mainly because once I got in bed my legs would ache so much and have pain in my hips (not so much for my back). If I could have only taken ibuprofen or could have soaked in the tub I would have been able to get rid of them more quickly. After my 8 week appoint, I was allowed to take a bath which helped SOOOOO much! Now I think I'm addicted to my baths (but I guess that's better than the meds, right!) I still need a muscle relaxer most nights as I get very stiff. Haven't taken "pain meds" for about a month now. (now 11 weeks post surgery.

  • 5 1/2 weeks post complex 360 fusion with corpectomy I am on the meds I was on before surgery plus 2 15 mg roxycodone a day. After 3 years of meds, I'm understandably a bit tolerant.

    But the difference is that now I am pretty comfortable with the meds as long as I listen to my body. Before surgery, I was in moderate pain most of the time, even with the meds.
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  • It can be from one week to years post-op, everyone has different experiences.
  • I had alif on nov 1 st and im still on my meds 5 mg oxycodone 2 every 8 hrs and a muscle relaxer lyrica and i couldn't do it without my meds....had Alif on l4/l5 but still have problems at l5/s1 as well and c4/c/5 c/6 so its for multti things!....everyone is different and i was told it can take up to 18 months be pain free its been almost 3 months and im not in pt yet till next month!!! hope this helped

  • I'm four years post op and take Lortab 7.5 PRN. My pain is pretty much event driven. If I'm overly active, playing golf or have to pick up a heavy person (EMS) then I'm usually hitting the meds.

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
  • oxycodone pretty consistently for about 18 months after surgery. I had a three-level fusion. I still have a prescription, and I still take it occasionally after doing a lot of physical work or sometimes even just from being out in the cold too long (those rods HURT when they get cold). However, I'd say I probably take 4-5 a month now instead of each day.

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • Amen on the cold weather pain!
    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
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