I'm rather new here and, firstly, want to thank everyone for sharing stories of their experiences in order to help others going through similar situations. I am 29 and am currently recovering from a discectomy performed on 3/18/16 for a sizable protrusion in my L5/S1 disc and I could use some encouragement and advice. I am a little over 3 weeks into recovery, and the good news is, the surgery went smoothly, and the nerve pain I was experiencing pre-op is now at a minimum. A flare up every now and then but nothing like it was. I can actually get a full night's sleep now and wake up without the god awful pain in my left hip and buttock. However, recovery is rougher than I expected, more so mentally than physically. Being off of work, bored all day, wishing I wasn't in pain, and freaking out over every jolt or spasm of pain thinking something went wrong is weighing heavily on my levels of anxiety.
I am also still having quite a bit of post surgical pain in my back and surrounding muscles in my hips and legs, especially after being active. I usually have to take one 7.5/325 Norco per day and Ibuprofen 800 and flexerile as needed. I'm kind of disheartened because I wanted to be off of the narcotics all together by now because I am terribly afraid of becoming physically dependent on them. I'm not worried about an all out addiction as I do not abuse them and only take them for pain as needed. But risk of physical dependence makes me terribly anxious.
One of my questions is, how long did it take for your surgical pain to settle down to a level that you could "live normally" again?
Secondly, can anyone help to settle my nerves a bit about my fear of becoming dependent on the Norco?
Any and all advice is welcome.