Let me get right to my issue. In June and July of 2010, I had three back surgies in 33 days. 1. Repaired herniated disc; L5S1, 10 days later, the disc ruptured, which was surgery number 2 and another 9 days later, I had surgery number 3 to repair a hole in my spine left from the previous surgery. I want to include that I really like my surgeon because he has made a real effort to get me back up and going and being back to pain free. When I go see him, it is not just an office visit where he asks me a couple of questions, then gives me an Rx and sends me on my way. He takes his time with me and does a complete evaluation on each visit. For the longest time, I had pain beginning in my tailbone and sreading inro my butt cheeks and then partially down my leg to the hamstring area. He began a series of injections into my facet joints and now, for the most part, I have been pain free for several weeks and can probably say that I do not need my Vicodin or Percocet, BUT I DO. My body will not let me go without it no matter how much I try.If I see "how long" I can go without taking any medication, all kind of weird feelings go on in my body like; my limbs begin to feel fatigued, I have trouble resting, I become very, very irritable, I also become nervous and I don't want to be around anyone, etc. Tomorrow, I have an appointment with my surgeon and I need to address these issues. I don't want him to think that I'm a junkie or an abuser (maybe I am), but at the same time, I don't want to leave without an Rx for some pain meds because I know that I will have a need for them. What do I do or how do I tell him that, "Hey, Doc, you've done a great job to get me back to where I am pretty much pain free and probably do not need meds, but my body does." As long as I don't do anything stupid, like heavy yard work or waxing my car, I feel good. Basically, like we've all heard, "As long as I DON'T over-do it, I am pain free and do not need pain meds, but I can't go without them."
Does anyone understand what I am trying to say? I need help from someone who has been in this position and can at least give me some idea how to address this with my surgeon tomorrow without coming off looking like a junkie or a jerk.
Any help is appreciated and I apolgize for the length of this post, but I am really needing some help.