Again Mr Majik,
Addiction is the continual use of medication despite negative consequences. If you have not taken more medication than you were prescribed, or abused the medication by other means of delivery, etc, stolen, gotten arrested , etc, you are not addicted. You are physically dependent. Big, huge difference.
Your physician will discuss a realistic time table to stop the medications, but generally, medications are lowered a percentage of your current dosage every few days or weekly, depending on how your body responds to the dosage adjustment.
How long it will take depends entirely on how fast your PM doctor wants to reduce your dosage at a time, and how your body responds to each decrease. It may be as little as two weeks or a month. Again, it depends on the arrangements that your PM is comfortable with and how you respond to it.
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.