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Flashbacks from surgery?

I'm 3 weeks post op from my l5/s1 TLIF. Immediately when I woke from surgery, I was in the most pain I'd ever been in. It's been a hard couple of weeks. At my 2 week follow-up, My surgeon dropped my pain meds from 2 10/325 Percocet every 4 hours (which was barely keeping me ahead of the pain...I would be watching the clock at 3.5 hours) to 1 every 6 hours. The pain has been a fight since then, and I've started having flashbacks of waking up from surgery.

Has anyone else dealt with this? I read that one of the drugs they use in anesthesia can cause flashbacks that last for several weeks, but this is bothering me (especially because my surgeon only prescribed enough Percocet to get through 12 days as prescribed...and I don't want him to think I'm drug seeking).
1/16/2013 Minimally invasive TLIF with rods, screws, and cage on L5/S1 joint to treat grade 2 spondylolysthesis, pars defect, degenerative disc disease. Dealt with chronic pain & nerve issues since at least 2007.


  • I had a 2 level ALIF surgery on L3-L5. The 2nd I woke up, the pain I felt was horrific. (& I have had 2 kids). I started screaming and crying and arching my back (reflex I guess) and the nurses started pumping more drugs. I remember that moment as if it was today and it was in 2007. The images come often as I am facing another fusion.

    I think if you need more pain meds you need to ask. Everyone heals at a different pace. Pain is pain and if it hurts the surgeon needs to know. These arent little sissy surgeries. This is our spine that are poking and prodding and drilling and hammering!! We are going to hurt! Lol dont suffer!
    DDD 2 level ALIF L3-L5 in 2007. 4/11/13 posterior fusion w/decompression on L5-S1.
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