View Full Version : Stopping Pain Meds

06-24-2006, 12:38 PM
I'm curious as to when some of you started weaning yourself off your pain medication? Did you try taking less on your own (like I am) or let the doctor tell you when the right time was? I'm wondering when I'll most likely be done taking medication. 3 months? 4 months?.......

06-24-2006, 01:05 PM
I took my pain meds about 3 months then as I had less pain I took less.
By about 6 months I was taking none. I am 8 months post op and I take no pain meds. If I do something that strains the muscles in my back I use a heating pad. The moist heat helps me more than dry. That is just my experience and every one is different. I would say use your own judgement.
Good luck......... Mattie

06-24-2006, 03:15 PM
Hi Jenn,

At 4 mos. post-op I'm still taking 3-4 norco per day. My Dr. said up to 6 mos. is normal. Pain isn't worth it if you go too long between meds. I use as I feel nessary at this point. I do remember wanting to wean off them at your stage of recovery but it might be too soon. Listen to yout body. best wishes.

06-24-2006, 05:26 PM
I only had prescription Codeine for less than a month, and asked for a few more but at about one month they didn't want to give more. Took Tylenol extra strenght and it didn't do anything, so my GP prescribed NSAIDs and I stopped taking them as they were giving me bad side effects and didn't do much either-fortunately.

I wish I had known about other types of meds like Neurontin and also that my orthos should have been more attentive to my pain, b/c being in so much pain made my recuperation slower and longer- I was less active than I should have been.

For me, icing helps more than heat. Heat gives me inflammation.

Karen Ocker
06-24-2006, 06:33 PM
Unfortunately a GP does not realize that NSAIDS interfere with fusion.

06-26-2006, 02:25 PM
I was 30 when I had my surgery. I began taking less of the pain meds and more Tylenol at about 4 weeks. I then was trying to only take the pain meds at night before bed. I'd say that I was off of them completely by 8 weeks and then on Tylenol only after a long day at work & at bedtime for another couple of months. I completely stopped taking Tylenol by the end of 6 months. My husband and I made the timing decisions together while consulting my surgeon.

06-26-2006, 02:58 PM
That's great Heidi. Thanks for the info

07-08-2006, 06:47 PM
All depends on the individual and the extent of pain you are experiencing. I know I was on Codine for at least 2 month. I found that I had to ween myself off the stuff. (addictive) Then I took Tylenol for times when needed, but slowly took myself off of that too.