View Full Version : Pain Meds

03-01-2010, 06:59 PM
Tomorrow I will be 1 month post-op. I am only taking 1 percocet at night before I go to bed and if I need it, 1 during the night. Am taking flexeril about every 8 hours which seems to really help. I read posts where people are still on their pain meds several months post-op. I have some pain, but it's nothing I can't live with (except at night, sometimes). I asked the PA in Dr. Lonner's office about stopping the narcotic and she was sort of vague--"you'll know when you're ready." So, am I doing this too early?? I am not one for a lot of meds and I don't want to deal with withdrawal stuff if I can avoid it. Am thinking in a few days, to go to just 1 perc and maybe some extra strength Tylenol. I know you have to be careful about how much acetaminophen you take in a day. I rest a lot but am also walking frequently and made supper today with my husband helping to lift things, etc. So, am I pushing the envelope? I'm sort of used to pain with what I was dealing with before surgery, so maybe I have a higher tolerance? Just curious on how long you took "serious" pain medication.

03-01-2010, 07:12 PM
I am three months post of, my surgery was on December 9th. I stopped taking my oxycontin 2 months out, but continued to take my percocet. I was taking my percocet every 4 hours until this past Saturday. I went cold turkey, but got the withdrawls. Couldn't sleep at night, last night was the worst, no sleep! Today was a good day, I went for a 3 mile walk, hopefully that will tire me out, so I can sleep good.

Good Luck, rich

03-01-2010, 07:39 PM
I found that you really have to listen to your body. I tried to cut back from 2 to 1 percocet at two weeks and it was WAY too early...so I went back. You will find that you kind of take two steps forward, one back occasionally. As I lengthened the time between meds, it would be like taking a step back for maybe a day but then I would feel better. If I felt horrible, then I knew it was too soon. I was completely off after two months.

Same with the chores and getting around. I even tried to eliminate the log roll too soon! Boy, was I achy from getting up and down out of bed and then I realized that I needed to continue to log roll for a little bit more! Take it easy and listen to your body! Sounds like you're doing great!!

03-01-2010, 10:07 PM
A lot of when you finally discontinue pain meds depends on where your tolerance was going in.

While I have a really high pain tolerance (the stupid kind that has allowed me to self-tape an ankle during a softball tourney with 2 completely severed ligaments - and play 2 more games before I drove myself home), I am also extremely resistant to normal pain med dosage. Neither do I get the goofy effects most do.

Post-op pain management was my largest post-op concern. After surgery, I was was on a Dilaudid PCA, and staggered 4 hour overlapping doses of 2 Percodan/2 Norco (of the 10/325 variety). Anyone who talked to me (and I made a lot of phone calls) during that time can vouch I was coherent. I was obviously doing well enough to manage days 2-6 in the hospital (solo), and from there on out, recovering solo, at home.

My surgeon took my individual history into consideration when releasing me for activity -including driving at 3 weeks.

Obviously, everyone doesn't fit this model ...

03-01-2010, 10:16 PM
It will 5 years for me at the end of May '10. This forum can be the most comforting and supportive place to be, it was for me, and still is. What we all
have in "common" is some form of an abnormal spinal column.

One of the best lessons I've learned on here is that it's so nice to have someone that cares and knows what we're going through. It's a very special thing to be able to share, but not so wise to compare!!! Let your body heal in it's own way, by listening and learning to/from it. It will let you know when you've done too much, and don't cut your meds off until you have talked to your Dr.

Thoughts and prayers to all,

03-02-2010, 05:51 AM

try it, and if it doesn't work out, go back to taking them at night. There are no set rules.