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Hi Julie-

Funny you would bring up this topic.... it's one I've been wondering about for a while. I am still taking Vicodin, 2 about twice a day. Which doesn't feel like much. I wish I could take Ibuprofen, as that's always helped me with pain in the past (menstral cramps, headaches, etc). But my dr says no Ibuprofen until about 8-10 wks post-op. And regular Tylenol doesn't do much. I feel like taking 4 Vicoden a day isn't much at 4.5 wks post op but they wanted me to taper down to 1-3 x day at 2 wks post op!!! One does nothing for me. And two only takes the edge off. The only pain I have is just deep, deep muscle type pain in my mid-low back. I have no incision pain or nerve pain any more. The deep muscle pain is moderate though and I do like to go about my day not feeling it so much. My husband says I tend to overdo it if I take Vicoden though because it does help with the pain. I look forward to being able to take Advil or the like in a month or so.

But yes, it by no means makes one pain free, just helps it not be so annoying.

Hope you're doing good! Keep me posted.


PS-We got our new mattress today; can't wait to go to sleep tonight!!!
Thanks everyone for your replies, that's kinda what I thought. I had to get my first refill today of Norco. I had asked doctors office is there was something stronger. I'm only supposed to take 1 tablet every 4 to 6 hours, but I've been taking 1.5 tablets every 3.5 to 4 hours. My doctors response today was that I should walk more to try to get my endurance up so the pain would be less. Mary, I've never heard of Ultracet. From what I hear Norco is the next step up from Vicodin, which is what I lived on pre-surgery. So I guess time will just help, and I'll get through it like the rest of you.

Elaine, Yeeeaaah you got the mattress!! SWEET DREAMS! I hope tomorrow finds you well rested and less stiff. Let me know.

Goodnight and sleep well to all.
Aloha All,

Man you guys are really making me feel like a wimp :( . At a little over five months post-op I am still unable to make it through my day without any meds. My doc switched my long acting pain meds around a couple of weeks ago because I told him that I was unable to make it through the day without taking 3 or 4 breakthrough pain meds (Vicodin) on top of the10mg of Oxycontin I was taking twice a day, I am also taking 2400mg of Neurontin a day. He switched me over to Avinza, a 24-hour release Morphine. It was a difficult transition as it made me feel really loopy (even more so than usual :dizzy: ) and ohhh the constipation. I am just now getting back to some resemblance of normal as far as my GI problems are concerned. I really haven’t noticed any change in my pain levels though, I am thinking that maybe my doctor makes a little more off of the Avinza prescriptions.

When I returned from the hospital I was taking 30mg of Oxycontin twice a day, 2 Percocets every four hours, Klonopin, and 1600mg of Neurontin a day, so I guess I have tapered off a little bit (with the exception of the Neurontin). I am thinking that because I was taking so much, this may have created its own problem and is one of the reasons I still need or at least feel the need to take so much narcotics. I cannot wait until I am able to harness the occasional pain with OTC meds, actually, I am wondering if that day will ever come.

Posting…especially when the subject matter relates to outcomes to our personal experiences of surgery good or bad, is a delicate matter for me…no, really, it is. I do not want any of my posts to scare someone into changing their mind if they have decided to have surgery, on the other hand, I am not going to try and convince someone that they should have surgery either. Writing about my experience is theraputic for me, if it imparts some information that helps someone for the better I am all for it. I just posted a reply for someone who is considering surgery and it went something like this: “Out of ten stories of a successful outcome it only takes one bad story to negate the ten good ones”. I don’t want my story to be that one bad one. I have said many many times that I have no regrets for having surgery, but at the same time, the peaks and valleys that some of us go through after surgery can be very trying to say the least. People do not understand the world of chronic pain unless they have lived through it. It is a lonely world as much as it is a painful world. Surgery, for the most part has not helped me out of that world as of yet, however, I still hold hope. I am much better off than before surgery, but I really had high hopes that I would be much farther along by now than I am. I keep on telling myself that it could be worse, I could have lost my sense of humor :D …I had ya going there for a minute didn’t I?

In closing I certainly agree with yawl, the meds dull the pain, but you are without doubt mindful of it. Pain is a powerful thing…very powerful.
Thanks for the input, yeah, that's some serious meds your on, I know what you mean about the junkie thing. I was on the dilaudid drip PCA at hospital, that went after 3 days. Then on to Vicodin ES, oh please! They had to up me to Norco, but my doc refuses anything stronger.

BTW, you're not supposed to take a bath for 5 weeks, and hot tubs and swimming aren't aloud for 3 months, according to my doctor. Did you check with yours first?

Take it easy on the walking, I set myself back a couple of weeks last week and I was just where you are in post op and distance.

Good luck,
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Hey Elaine,

You may be right! Mine was an ALIF only at L5-S1, and other than the incision, trying to keep the site of fusion as still as possible was the main concern. Julie had a more invasive procedure done and it may be a concern of her doctors to keep her on dry land.

No bending, lifting or twisting was drilled into my head.

How are you feeling after the ALIF? I'm better most of the time, thanks to meds, but my back still hurts like crazy when I don't take the pills. I was really hoping to be moving along quicker than I am but I may be asking too much.

Thanks, both of you, for the chat. I really like this board, and being able to talk to others in this situation helps.

Take care,


Sounds like I'm doing better than you, unfortunately. Some days I go with very little meds. Today has been my first day with no Vicodin... yet. :bouncing: It's mid afternoon and who knows how the rest of the day will go ;) But overall, I'm doing very good. Today is my 6 wk post op anniversary. I had so much pain prior to my surgery, that I can't believe I lived like that. My biggest "pain" now is just a very deep achy feeling in my lower back muscles. My dr says it's just everything healing and will continue to get better as time goes by. My legs are achy a lot but I just recently started to think there may be something else going on and that problem may not be related to my disc.

I had the L4-L5 disc removed with 2 titanium cages placed filled with Infuse, (sp?) an artificial bone graft material. No screws or rods placed. No brace either.

When did you have your surgery? I have 4 small boys, ages 6 1/2 and under. They keep me busy and distracted. I rarely have time to sit (unless I'm at the computer. :) So being up taking care of them all day is good for me when it comes to walking. I was warned about bending, twisting and lifting but since I am 6 wks post op, I have been able to start doing some of those things with moderation.

Hopefully, it will just continue to get better for you as the weeks go by!