Weaing off the oxycontin after spinal fusion

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   Posted 9/11/2007 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi new here to the forum. I had a tlif spinal fusion in March, I had ten mg added to my meds twice a day. Then at three months when my brace was taken off they doubled it. Now they have just cut me back to ten mg about two weeks ago. I think this is unrelated...but just wondering.
My leg and nerve pain and vaginal and feet pain is back just like before my surgery. I do not believe this is from the decrease in oxycontin. I called the surgeon and they said give it a week or so this is normal after cutting the med and up all the other ones. I am on lortab two of them every four hours, oxycontin twice a day, cymbalta once a day, xanax three times a day if needed and a muscle relaxoer. It makes no sense to me to up all those meds to deplete two pills, plus it does not kill the nerve pain.
I am most afriad that these aren't normal withdrawal effects of oxy, I think the surgery may have not been succesful at getting rid of the nerve pain.
Just searching for others in a similar situations.

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   Posted 9/11/2007 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi yvette,

And welcome to HW and our Chronic Pain family! I"m sorry you're in such pain. I agree that cutting those 2 pills in light of all the others seems a bit senseless when you still have awful pain. Withdrawal symptoms would be nausea, headaches, shaking, sweating...not more pain. That either means your pain isn't covered or the surgery didn't work. Back surgery is an "iffy" business admitted by the doctors themselves.

Keep a pain journal starting like yesterday, or whenever you can remember clearly how the pain was. Write down several times a day the hour, pain level form 1-10, what you took, did it work, what else you were doing. You get the picture. Then take it to each and every appointment. They will not only get a clear picture of your pain but see that you are very serious about being treated properly. There are very good pain medications and you shouldn't have to suffer. I'm surprised they didn't reduce you more slowly instead of just cutting your one med in 1/2.

Keep us posted...
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   Posted 9/12/2007 7:10 AM (GMT -6)   
That is exactly what I was thinking...I have no nausea or anything else. Just bam my nerve pain is back with a vengance. I am getting really pissed though cause this is day three and they haven't called me back yet. Up until this point I have never had this problem. But they could be busy in surgery's or something.
Thanks vette
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