I just asked this question in the surgical recovery forum, but I'm thinking it better fits here.
Background: about 11 weeks ago I had L5-S1 fusion surgery, with a fair amount of complications (removal of a couple of benign but large cysts, removing a bone spur, cleaning up some arthritis, and a few other surprises). I was on Vicodin (5/300) for a couple of months before the surgery (maybe 4 pills per day), and Percocet (5/325) (again, 4 sometimes 5 pills per day) in the two months since the surgery. I have recently had an astounding improvement in my condition, basically starting a week ago. No more waking up screaming, and my left leg no longer feels like it's about to explode. I'm very, very lucky.
Starting about 3 days ago, I went cold turkey on the Percocet. Tylenol only, and I actually skipped that yesterday. In short, the pain is currently manageable (occasional creative cursing seems to help). Here's my problem. The last two nights, I've woken up around 1 or 2 in the morning feeling very agitated, restless, and on edge. No significant leg/sciatic pain, just emotional distress. I get up a prowl around he house for 30-40 minutes, and then I can doze again.
Given how long I've been on the *-codones, (hydro and oxy, two months each), am I having some degree of withdrawal? Do I need to taper off? I have plenty of Percocet left, I could easily take a half pill before bed for a few days, then a quarter for a few days more. Should I try this? Or should I just let it run its course?