I know that you are hurting, I understand that, but you know that you have to follow the directions of the surgeon or he is going to cut you off the pain medication, period. You have to try other modalities to help cut the pain, ice, heat, stretches, and yes, walking. I know it hurts, and it is going to for a while longer yet, but you have to do what he is telling you to do in order for your body to start the road to recovery. The longer that you are limiting your activities, walking, and even PT, the longer it is going to take for you to start feeling better.
If the Lortab is supposed to be taken every 8 hours, then try taking the motrin or aleeve at hour 4 instead of waiting for the time when the pain is starting to escalate. Try using ice before you start your walk or heat. Take some socks and fill them up with rice grains and warm them in the microwave for two minutes. Check the temperature just to be safe but use those on your hips and low back to help relax the muscles and the ease some of the pain.
I don't want to see you loose the pain medications period, because I do know that 7 weeks post op, I was still hurting quite a lot, but adjusting those dosage times on your own is going to get you into trouble that you don't want.
Best wishes ,
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.