I agree, in the beginning nope wouldn't have done it. I even said that to my doctor once when my appointment was in the morning, that I was in pain because I didn't take my medication before going in, she asked "why, is that a personal preference?" Now I'm on the patch and always have medication in my system.
cervical fusion 2006, with great result
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005, I have continued pain
MEDS: Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, and trazodone
Im going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me. (quote used with permission from "Tennis").