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Pain Pills :( ?!?!?

JessiSellJJessiSell Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I posted previously about my current ACDF surgery and how scared I was to undergo it, blah blah blah... Well, I had my surgery last Thursday (4/26/12). I am happy to pronounce the surgery was a success and I survived! :) I was so very frightened.

My new question is about pain pills/addition etc. I know I am only like 6 days out of surgery and taking pain pills at this point is obviously necessary, but I have been taking pain pills for 4 months now. Here's why!

On January 1st 2012 I was involved in a rollover accident. Luckily I lived and was not paralyzed etc. Thank God everyday! I was however injured in my neck- hence the ACDF surgery.

Initially I was not sure I would need the surgery, yet I was in pain so it was concerning to both my Neurologist and myself. He prescribed me Hydrocodone 7.5/500 right out of the hospital. I started taking them as prescribed. I know whatcha y'all are thinking...did I abuse them-the answer is NO. However, when does abuse start? I feel like, at this point if I do stop taking them, I will feel like S***.

I don't really think I ever get a "buzz" from them but I sure do know they help with pain. For some 4 months is a heck of a long time to be taking pain pills, and for others it is a short period.

My main question after that long babble of a story/thoughts is what can I do to eventually tapper off? Doing this (hopefully soon) of course pending the pain level I feel after a couple weeks have passed. Can I do a cleanse? What have any of you done? I really don't want to get extremely addicted- though I know at this point I am at some level of addiction already.

I'm annoyed and just need some advise from others that are not addicts/or have an extreme addiction,yet people that have only taken them for pain. For other places I have searched for answers are for people who take like 15 pills at a time!

Thanks fellow pain members! :)



  • You're not addicted. Dependent, yes but not addicted. When its time to taper off you'll have no problems. You should discuss this with your doctor so the two of you can devise a plan of attack. Glad you're feeling better.

  • I do not feel I am addicted to my pain pills. I have been on vicodin and tramadol for about a year. I try to wait as long as I can but, sometimes that makes it worse to get the pain under control. My doctor has never had a problem filling my prescriptions when I request them. I feel the pain pills and muscle relaxers are there for a reason. I use them when I need them and do not feel bad about it.
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,584
    are necessary when you are in real pain. Your doctor will know when that is and act accordingly.

    When it comes time to start to decrease and eventually eliminate pain medications, your doctor will have a plan that you and your doctor need to come to terms with and execute.

    As long as you are in real pain, the need for some form of pain relief is required.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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