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.