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10 Days Out

Cooper NoleCCooper Nole Posts: 1
edited 01/20/2016 - 7:29 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Hello all I just joined. But need some help/guidance. I'm 10 days out from having a L4 & L5 fusion. I'm 32 and have had back trouble from around the age of 26. I was a big weightlifter. But when my back would act up I would see my old PCP & he would give me a shot pain pills & send me on my way. So I damaged to the point to where I am now, writhing in pain. I've always had a high tolerance to things and got back on pain meds a few months before surgery. I'm the hospital I was getting Percocet 10mg every 4 hrs & could have a shot of dilaluid every 2 if needed. My problem is my surgeon sent me home with 50, 7.5mg Percocets to take 1 every 6 hours. Needless to say I'm out. He told my Dad who picked me up that he wasn't going to write anything else for me. Went to my new Primary Care doc today she gave me 15, 10mg Percs bc she said she didn't want to step on my surgeon's toes. I honestly don't know what to do, I'm going to call my surgeon & tell him I need some more but seems to me that I kinda got skimped. I'm doing the walking but I'm at a solid 7/10 at rest with the medicine & maybe
a 5.5-6/10 pain wise. Any advice, thoughts would be greatly appreciated.


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    From reading other posts, I've seen that many times post op, the surgeon refers patient to pain management Doctor for further monitoring of spine and managing the post op pain and or other symptoms that may arise.

    My experience is that primary doctor is not often comfortable treating the spinal pain and doing the necessary follow ups.
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  • Like you, I have a very high tolerance for pain meds...and I've been that way my entire life. From novocaine to oxycontin to morphine, I am able to tolerate doses of these medications that would likely cure the pain of 3 people! My mother is the same way, so perhaps there's some sort of genetic component to it.
    As you stated in your post, this issue is particularly troublesome when you're dealing with medical professionals who all too often jump to the conclusion that you're an addict when you tell them that the dosages they are prescribing do not work. Suddenly, you start to see unfavorable remarks popping up on your charts such as "Client is exhibiting drug-seeking behaviors" and "Doctor advises against increased dosaging based on client's drug seeking behaviors". I know that physicians are operating in a climate where opioid/pain medication is a serious problem, but to view all patients through an addiction-model lens unfairly places those of us with high tolerance issues into the awful predicament of not only experiencing little to no success with pain relief, but also with the added "scarlet letter" in our medical records that defines us as possible drug addicts! ! Of course there are people out there who ARE seeking drugs for purposes other than physical pain relief, but depriving a patient with increased tolerances of the correct dosages FOR THEM is just as medically irresponsible as operating a "pill mill". I'm sorry for what you are going through. ..I can TOTALLY relate!
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
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