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Hi Mary:

I had my third fusion this past Feb and was on a morphine drip for four days and then sent home with hydrocodone 750's. I took them around the clock for about three months. I tapered down a bit, but things went downhill for me after that and pain got worse. I went to a pain dr and they put me on fentanyl patches which I am on now 50mcg. The are effective, but I'm not sure about dr's sending home patients with them. They are used mostly for patients with chronic pain, for they are the highest dose of narcotic available. I would speak to your dr and I'm sure he will be able to ease your anxiety. The success of your surgery as, Pebbles mentioned, should be enough with the percocet or vicoden dosages. I did wear a brace from my armpits down to my left leg for three months, but I had 6 vertebra fused going down to S1. Keep positive thoughts for they are important and let us know how things go...Jo H.

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1979: Fell from scaffold onto gymnasium floor. Decompression Laminectomy L1-L3 w/Spinal Fusion and Harrington Rods Insertion.
1992: Harrington rod breakage and dislodging. Removal and refitted with smaller hardware and re fused.
2001: Pain Again. MRI inconclusive due to hardware
2001: Diskogram shows bulging and DDD at L4-S1 due to domino effect
2002 Feb: 10 hr. surgery. 360 fusion and hardware extended with "connector" to S1. 3 Titanium cages placed anteriorally. Fused from L1-S1.
2002 Sept: Pain worse than before surgery.
2002 Oct: EMG shows damage to L5 and S1
2002 Oct: CT Myelogram ordered.

Meds:
Duragesic Patch 50 mg
Morphine Sulf 15mg for bt pain
Wellbutrin
Relafen
Nitrofurantoin for UTI prevention
Ambien

Believing God will heal me!