My understanding is that usually when this is done, it is really a moot point, since once you return to the same medications, a person goes right back to their previous dose. I know that some doctors will change meds around a bit to avoid tolerance issues and I believe that is supposed to be better than going off your current meds and then returning to them in a few weeks.
I could be wrong though I don't think that most doctors use this method of trying to avoid tolerance issues.
If you have been on Opana all of this time ( I thought Opana was a relatively new medication when I tried it a couple of years ago), tolerance is part and parcel of having to take opiate pain meds long term.
Best wishes to you,
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.
Avascular necrosis of left wrist- maybe hips too