Posted 11/20/2016 9:22 PM (GMT -6)
Hello CBD, I just found this thread and was wondering if you are OK now. The last post was in June.
I am appalled by your story and your doctor and do hope that you have been helped and are feeling great now and back on the horse (that made me cringe too when you said he said you could go back on the horse).
I am about 7.5 weeks post posterior fusion (C5-6 and C6-7). This was done due to a failed anterior fusion almost exactly 5 years before this surgery of C4-5, C5-6, and C6-7. C5-6 and C6-7 did not fuse in the 2011 surgery and I finally was having so much pain the doctor gave me the option of posterior surgery to repair it, with adding of rods and screws (I already have 3 levels of cages).
I felt like I would never be off the drugs and was continually trying to wean myself for fear of getting addicted. My doctor was awesome and gave me 30 day supplies of two types of pain pills (one for breakthrough pain) and muscle relaxers and even gave me a different muscle relaxer when I told him I feared getting too addicted to valium. He refilled my prescriptions for me for another 30 days as well. I did finally stop taking them for the most part about 2 weeks ago after cutting the doses and taking them farther and farther apart. You are definitely correct about feeling withdrawals when you don't take it. Now, every evening by 5 or 6, when the pain gets to me, I take 1/2 of a muscle relaxer and sometime after and before bed, I take 1/2 percocet an maybe another 1/2 of the SOMA (they are prescribed at 3/day but I have never taken more than one total per day, they are potent. It is still very difficult to sleep comfortably (I am supposed to sleep without the collar and I find my neck in very odd positions when I wake up in the night).
I have not gone back to work yet (scheduled for 12/20). I still have to wear the Aspen Collar all day and he wants me to keep wearing it until our next visit in January. Still wondering how I will get to work when I go back (although it's only for 3 days and then we have a Christmas shutdown until January 3rd). Anyone out there driving with an Aspen (or some kind of hard) collar? He said I absolutely cannot drive without it. I am scared to drive WITH it! or WITHOUT it for that matter. I have not driven yet.
OK, didn't mean to go on and on, it's just nice to see there are others out there with similar situations and I really wanted to know how CBD is doing, poor thing.
Thanks for listening.