I wasn't saying that you are taking the meds to get "high" or just to take more than you should be. I am trying to get you to see that by adjusting the meds on your own, your surgeon is going to at some point just not refill them because you are taking more than he is telling you to take. Ask him what he wants you to do when the pain is more than the lortab is covering, or it is flaring up at hour 5 or 6. See what he says. Most surgeons cut off pain medication around week 8-12 or refer the patient to pain management. It might be a better option for you anyway, at this point. That way, you can discuss your continued pain levels with another doctor and get his opinion. and maybe he will give you something different , or something that lasts longer than the lortab. But you are going to have to follow the instructions of the pain management doctor to the letter or you will find yourself in big trouble. Most PM doctors have contracts that you must sign that says that you will take the medications only as directed, and not adjust the dosage amount or frequency on your own.
While you are in pain, they need you to call them and let them know, ask them what to do to try to ease the pain.
I am not suggesting that you aren't trying, but I am suggesting that you try other ways to manage the pain, than taking the lortab as often as you are..... Assuming that you are sleeping 7 hours a day, you are taking them every 3 hours, which is way too close together. Using the various pain relief rubs is a good idea, especially around the low back and hip areas. I'm glad that you found some relief from it. It's a good start to using other means to manage the pain levels. Don't use the pain relief rubs though with more heat, because you can inadvertantly burn yourself.
I am only saying this to you because I care, and I know that you are in pain, and I don't want to see you find yourself cut off of pain medications when you need them. I am hoping that you start to feel some pain relief from using all of the other options along with taking the lortab as you are supposed to.
Hang in there.
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.