Re: Still needs pain relief from recent surgery
"Can anyone tell me if it's normal to need prescription pain meds for at least 3 weeks or so after surgery? Could it be that I'm getting addicted to this stuff and by trying to get off of it, the pain is getting worse?"
You are probably not getting physically addicted but perhaps mentally.
A lot of "drug seeking behavior" in chronic pain pts is the fear of running out and being in unrelieved pain. It's not that they are addicts jonesing for more meds.
When I have had abdominal surgeries (3) I have never needed all the pain medications given at discharge, let alone refills. (but that is me- I do have a "normal" pain tolerance-I can't judge your pain)
After 3 weeks perhaps you should try other forms of pain relief. Tylenol, heat, etc. That's usually what I did during recovery. I did have the safety net of narcotics left which mad it easier as I didn't have to worry about things getting out of control.
I'm not sure your surgeon would want to give more meds esp since you say your pain is more in your back now.
I hope things get better