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  • Ended up back at the surgeon's office this week due to some severe hip pain. He took xrays to confirm my cage hasn't moved, and came to the conclusion it's probably an irritated nerve. I'm still having angry nerve symptoms in the foot of the same leg. It was to be expected, as the L5 nerve root was compressed for months, and I had drop foot prior to surgery.

    He added an ER med to my mix, which has helped immensely with this hip pain. I've also been able to step down significantly off of the Oxycodone IR; with the plan of only using it as a BT med. we had the talk - he told me not to attempt decreasing my meds on my own, he would take care of that beginning at the 3 month mark. He also said not PT until 3 months. Is that a long time?
  • I think your doctor is looking out for your best interests as a patient. I started PT to early and may have lead to so many problems now. Follow dr, I did an ER with BT IR and was unsuccessful as someone mention prior in the feed,(although a different drug mentioned) this just made me tired an lethargic, pain was still severe. And I will not go near tramadol, it is also a class 2 just as now xanax is. I fear coming off this medication, but looks like a fusion is in my near future, so I guess I'll be waiting a bit I've been on so long but I'm hoping if theres no pain when I get to that point it will make it somewhat easier. Nerve pain is something that is different for every patient but in the end its classified as the worst in my opinion. Good Luck with your recovery. Glad you and your doc are working together.
    This can't be happening
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  • 4 weeks post op, I took in #125 Percocet and asked to go back to Norco, I left with an RX for #90 and Tramadol #120.
    Lumbar laminectomy L-4/L-5, 2006
    XLIF with posterior pedicle screws L-4/L-5, 4-23-2013
  • littleonellittleone Posts: 77
    edited 04/22/2015 - 9:57 AM
    Last week. And though it's been a little difficult with the increase in pain, I think I'm adjusting well. Thanks for the advice!
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