View Full Version : Year Out and still take occasional pain meds!

02-08-2011, 04:07 PM
Is this normal? I am one year out and still take pain meds, once or twice a week. I only take them in the evening, when the pain becomes unbearable. I feel like a whimp, sometimes, but feel horrible, when I get bad pain.


02-08-2011, 09:23 PM
Hmm...I guess everyone is different but that seems odd to me...I'm at 11 months and haven't taken more than an occasional tylenol since month 2. What does your doc say?


02-08-2011, 09:30 PM
Afraid I was one of those for about 15 months. I just kept cutting down SOOOO gradually and paid for it every time I cut down by a fourth. I'd have several bad days so I just couldn't get off for so long. My p.t. person thought I'd probably always have to take them. But I did get off of them. Janet

02-09-2011, 05:31 AM
At one year out I was taking muscle relaxants before bed, but not pain meds. Which are you taking? I know that my pain was all muscle related at that point.

02-09-2011, 08:43 PM
I agree that everyone is different in how they recover. After my first surgery, I was still in a significant amount of pain at the one year mark. I was still taking pain meds regularly. After my revision, and now it is 11 months post op from that, I will still take an occasional Norco or Advil for a flareup of sciatica that I still have, or if I overdo it in the activity department my back will let me know it. It averages about once a week now that I take something. Over time the pain lessens, so don't beat yourself up if your timeline is different that others. ;/