Hi everyone. I am scheduled for a 2 level fusion L4/5 and L5/SI on November 20th. I have dealt with my pain issues for over 12 years..including injections/rhysotomys, and MANY different medications. Pain meds don't work to much for me (barely take off the edge off pain) but I don't have side effects with them. I have been reading other posts and keep hearing about neurontin, gabapentin...nerve pills being administered after surgery. I have had bad reactions to these meds in the past...from blind/blurred vision, rapid heart beat, weight gain, and many more. One doc tried to say I had Fibro because he couldn't figure out my pain and put me on Lyrica. This one did help with some nerve pain but I gained 10 lbs in 2 weeks and my BP went through the roof. Dang I would like to write him a letter and tell him what a hack he is...but that is a different thread.
So..my questions are...do you think the pain meds will be enough after surgery or should I put up with the loss of vision for a while and/or can you suggest some other meds I can research before surgery? I would love to get off the narcotics...after a normal recovery time. Second question. how long were you all on pain meds after surgery? Shiz I have been on them for 12 years and know it will take time to taper off but I also want to find out when I should try to start that process.
Thanks in advance for any advice