Thank you PALady for the advice & explanation. I'm sure I AM one of his "longer seen" patients, due to all the complications etc. Many others see their neurodoc, have the surgery, are followed for the proper length of time, heal w/o problems & are considered a "scuccess" & discharged, never to return.
But I keep re-appearing, as he always says! So sure, it would make sense, that the "normal" pain pills would be titrated DOWN as you get farther out from the procedure, but I always seem to get worse/have a complication/ need another surgery.....! He probably never thought he'd be RX'ing my meds as long as he has been. And he's always been very liberal in his doses, etc. Which is why it really bothered me last week when the nurse said my pain levels should be going down by now....& then re-dosed me to LESS, just when, as you say, I am trying now, as I feel better, to be more active & that's contributing somewhat to my increase in pain,along w/ that graft site really starting to act up (atho he said that's b/c it's healing) and a few weeks ago, that spot wasn't as painful as it is now.
ANYWAY---he did give me JUST enough until May ---but when I see him then, I will respectfully request that 2nd RX, for "1 every 6 hrs as needed" b/c that gave me the latitude to take from 2-4 per day (altho I never took 4, but did have the "option") as my pain levels indicate my need.
Geeze Louise! Do they think we WANT to feel like this? That we WANT to be on all this stuff?! I also want to ask him about protocol: who IS my doctor right now? He or my GP, who's known & treated me for over 15 yrs and has never had a "problem" w/ me, medication wise. She originally gave me the RX's for everything, right up to my fusion surgery. It's only since then that I;ve been on this "low-pain relief" diet! Maybe I should make an appt w/ her? I just don't want to step on any toes or, as you say, get myself left "out in the cold". I just want them to UNDERSTAND all this---more activity (good) = more pain (bad) so give me the freedom to adjust my meds based on how "normal" I am trying to be. Holy moley!!
Speaking of which, dear Lady, here comes some lousy NE wind/cooler temps/light rain....we're giving it the boot by tomorrow, but YOU can have it then! :)
Thanks for your input! Hope you are having a tolerable day...our "stories" are similar & I hope you are doing reasonably well, or at least not WORSE!
~Lakeside, inside, by the woodstove AGAIN!!
Nov. 06-- Lammy @ L4, removal of spinal cystic tumor @ L4/5(benign)
Dec. 06--Re-operation for post-surgical spinal fluid leak. 2nd surgery caused sciatic nerve damage & radiculopathy in R leg/foot, increased spinal instability (grade 1 spondy, 17%), epidural scar tissue binding nerve roots, damaged facet joints & worsened DDD @ L4/5
Jan. 08--PLIF fusion/discetomy surgery w/pedicle screw instrumentation @ L4/L5, another lammy (@ L/5 this time) & bone marrow harvest from left iliac crest for packing bone around disc cages after total discectomy @ L4/5. Good relief from sciatica & leg/nerve pain, tho some residual CP--hope to be "Healing Well"...