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[FONT="Arial Narrow"][SIZE="3"]I had an appt w/a new NS (neurosurgeon) today for a 2nd opinion...he recommended a fusion at L1, where I have a huge disc protrusion, but he said b/c I'm currently taking strong narcotics I need to stop all narcotics for a while, a few mths at the very least, prior to surgery so they will work after surgery...this doesn't make sense to me...is this true? He said if you've been on strong pain meds for more than 6 mths, it doesn't matter the dose you take, when you have surgery your body will not respond to pain meds after surgery so it will be very difficult to control your pain post-op.

I currently take:
oxy 20 mg 2x/day
percocet 10/325 mg 3x/day as needed for b/t pain
topamax 100mg at bedtime
flexeril 10 mg 2x/day as needed

Has anyone been on strong pain meds before surgery, had surgery and then had problems getting your pain under control after surgery? I find it hard to believe that I need to stop taking my pain meds for months before surgery so my post-op pain will be easy to control....I have a toddler son to take care of all day long, how am I suppose to do that? Even if I didn't have a child to take care of, I think it would be difficult to stop taking all pain meds and "just learn to deal with the pain" as the NS I saw today recommended.

I would appreciate any advice.

Thanks,
Scrappin'[/FONT]
I didn't have to stop taking my meds prior to surgery but I tried to taper down because I was afraid that managing my pain post op might be a problem. I was taking Percocet 10/325 and Zanaflex 4mg, and lorazepam 1mg. It took about an hour and a half for the morphine pump started to help. I remember the nurse coming in and putting something in my iv with a needle and I got really happy and hungry within a sew minutes. I have no idea what that was but it was awesome. How long until your surgery is scheduled? Maybe you could start tapering down a little at a time and if the pain gets real bad take what you need to get thru it. Even now, sometimes it feels like my meds arent working well I taper off for awhile and then go back to regular dosage and this seems to work for me. You do build up a tolerance after awhile. Hope this helps. Good Luck Dee
[QUOTE=scrappinmaniac;3436938][FONT="Arial Narrow"][SIZE="3"]I had an appt w/a new NS (neurosurgeon) today for a 2nd opinion...he recommended a fusion at L1, where I have a huge disc protrusion, but he said b/c I'm currently taking strong narcotics I need to stop all narcotics for a while, a few mths at the very least, prior to surgery so they will work after surgery...this doesn't make sense to me...is this true? He said if you've been on strong pain meds for more than 6 mths, it doesn't matter the dose you take, when you have surgery your body will not respond to pain meds after surgery so it will be very difficult to control your pain post-op.

I currently take:
oxy 20 mg 2x/day
percocet 10/325 mg 3x/day as needed for b/t pain
topamax 100mg at bedtime
flexeril 10 mg 2x/day as needed

Has anyone been on strong pain meds before surgery, had surgery and then had problems getting your pain under control after surgery? I find it hard to believe that I need to stop taking my pain meds for months before surgery so my post-op pain will be easy to control....I have a toddler son to take care of all day long, how am I suppose to do that? Even if I didn't have a child to take care of, I think it would be difficult to stop taking all pain meds and "just learn to deal with the pain" as the NS I saw today recommended.

I would appreciate any advice.

Thanks,
Scrappin'[/FONT]

Hi Scrappin',
I tried taking myself off my pain meds three weeks before my surgery and let me tell you, I was dying! I spent more time on my couch and bed than I ever had and just laid there and moaned from the pain. I couldn't take it any more so I began taking my meds again and felt as close to normal as I was going to feel before surgery! The only thing I did stop was my medication that was a blood thinner, didn't want to take chances. Talk to your surgeon again and address your concerns and ask if you can continue to take your meds or switch to something else.