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Pain pills

Hello Everyone,
I had an ACDF in March and my surgeon prescribed oxycodone. My neck pain was off and on but lately I've been having a lot of pain. I started taking the pain pills I had left. I took tylenol but that didn't help. Is anyone else still taking pain pills 6 months after surgery?

ACDF C5/6, March 2012
C6/7 March 2006


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,630
    For starters, do you know what you might have done to cause this recent pain? How long ago did this start? Many times, I can understand flareups as a result of something we shouldn't have done. But those should not last for over a week and never get worse.

    But, before you starting taking the oxycodone, did you contact your doctor? They might of approved this, but oxycodone is for moderate to severe pain, they might wanted to see you first or start you on something not as strong.

    To answer your question about 6 months after surgery. Most of the time, if you adhered to everything and diidnt falter, you shouldn't require narcotics. But as I started this, its almost impossible to give one correct answer. For chronic pain patients like myself, I am on daily narcotics and have been for 8 straight years and then on/off for some 30+
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • jennychelejjennychele Posts: 23
    edited 10/25/2012 - 8:06 AM
    Hi Sukiee,
    I myself have had ACDF. 4 Levels (C3-C7). My surgery was in Dec of 09, nearly 3 years now, hard to believe. Although I am pleased with the outcome of my surgery, I am not pain free as I had hoped. It did get rid of my nerve pain and headaches (for the most part) but I am still under the care of my pain management doctor. My surgeon kept me under his care and on Percocet’s 10/325 and Valium for a year. He says he normally only keeps patients under himself for 3-6 months.
    The pain management doctor that I see is the same one I have seen from the onset of this chaos, so he is familiar with me and knows the whole story. I see him every 3 months. He just changed my medication this week. For a while I had been taking Percocet 10/325 up to 4xday and Oxycodone 15mg Immediate Release 4x day and 2 Zanaflex 4mg at bedtime. I asked him this last time if there was something I could take that lasted longer so that I didn't always have to take a pill every time I turned around. He discussed the patch again but decided not to give me that because I have a job where a sweat quite a bit most of the time and they wouldn't stay on.
    So he told me to stop taking the Percocet’s and added 2 20mg Oxycontin twice a day and then I am to use the 15mg Oxycodone Immediate Release throughout the day as needed. I know that sounds like a lot, and it is really. But I have a tolerance built up to opiates due to the fact that I have been on them of some kind or another since 2005.
    But I guess what I am getting at is that it is possible to continue to be in pain, and pretty moderate to severe pain even after ACDF. It is not the same pain as before surgery and I would definitely have the surgery again but I will never be the same or pain free ever again. I am just glad I have a pain management doctor who trusts me and will allow the appropriate pain relief even though he does keep a good eye on things.
    I am sorry that you are still in pain though I hope and pray that it goes away, and you don't have the continuous pain forever.

    Well Wishes,
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  • I am over a year post op and am still taking pain pills (norco 7.5/325). I don't take them round the clock but i do take an average of two per day. However, I do have 2 thoracic herniated discs giving me pain. I wish I didn't have to take them, I wish I could be pain free but i'm not.
    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
  • multi level dddmmulti level ddd Posts: 1
    edited 10/31/2012 - 9:42 PM
    i wish i had some of yalls docs,i have multi level ddd and am disabled,most of the docs i see think im a drug seeker,if only they could feel my pain!

    This post is inappropriate for this thread
  • susabellssusabell Illinois Posts: 241
    Hello- I am 2 years post op c4-c7 I have been taking pains meds also. I tried to stop taking them, but could not tolerate the pain. I am now taking Opana ER 10mg every 12 hrs. Norco 10 /325 mg for break thru pain 2 or 3 a day (depends on my daily activities). Valium 5 mg for Muscle Spasm. Amitriptyline (Elavil) at bedtime for sleep. I just had a MBB on c6&c7 Bi-lateral on
    Tuesday, not sure if it helped. We here at SH feel your pain!!!

    ACDF C4-C7 5/13/2010. Synthetic Bone Graft Failed Fusion.
    PCF C4-C7 8/13/13. Rods and Screws Fused in 3 Months with Autograft.
    C6-C7 Spineous process Surgically Shaved Off 3/11/14.
    Sciatica 3/11/16 Left Leg prescribed Medrol Pack 6 days also Physical Therapy.
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  • Joe241JJoe241 Posts: 185
    edited 11/01/2012 - 4:18 PM
    I am 3 1/2 months post op and still have pain I am taking Vicodin ES 4-5 times a day, I also have been taking it for awhile so it is not as effective as it once was. I have four cervical herniations and two lumbar herniations and my L5-S1 are fused from birth. I started telling my doctor in 2006 that I had neck pain and for a year and a half he treated me as if I was drug seeking, by the time he ordered an X-ray in 2008 it was too late, he still would not order MRI and I was in the doctors office because the pain and numbness was terrible. I saw the other doctor in the office and he sent me for an MRI, my neurosurgeon said I should be better and pain free by now but since I'm not that means something else is wrong. When I asked about the shooting nerve pain he said have your primary fill your pain meds or see a pain management doctor which I did in 2008-2009 until I lost my job and benefits. He put me on the fentanyl patch and after talking to my brother, whom is a police officer and said you can go to jail for driving under the influence, doesn't matter if it is prescribed. So after at least six months on fentanyl I asked to be taken off and I did not have any withdrawal problems. Each person is different and I have found through this forum other spineys whom have to take pain meds regardless of how far they are post op. Joe
    ACDF C5-6 July 10, 2012 with plate and screws.
  • Hi, I had a microdiscectomy on T 7-8 on May 24 and have been taking Nucynta 50mg, 6 daily and Baclofen 2-3 daily, Xanax 1mg, 2 times daily. I started having pain in Feb. and thought it was my heart but discovered it was thoracic spine. I started the pain meds. in March and have been on them since. I continue to have worsening pain since surgery. I know others on here who have stopped meds just weeks after surgery and others who still take yrs. after. We are all different and I have learned from this site that I can't compare myself or my pain to others. I hope you receive the answers you are seeking and hope that your pain is tolerable.

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