Three years ago, I had a bi-level, lumbar spinal fusion, so I can honestly say I feel your pain. I was on percocet for that and its the only thing that helps when I have some back pain now. Perc is also the only thing that touches my Crohn's pain. I understand the meds giving you energy, they do because you are mostly free of pain. Hopefully if you cut back on the meds, so when you do have to take them, they'll have a better affect. I built up such a tolerance to percocet during my back surgery recovery that after 3 months they had to switch me to something else to prevent liver damage. Just because you physically need pain meds to function, does not mean you are psychologically addicted to them. That's obviously something you would have to talk about
with your doc, but I know there's a few threads that have been posted about
"dependency" to pain meds. Good luck, we're here for ya!
Pentasa- 1000mg/2x 1/08; Percocet
Ultram ER 200mg; Prilosec 40mg; Xanax-ANXIETY; Cymbalta 60mg
Ferrous Sulfate 325mg/daily for anemia
Currently on a Low-residue diet as of 11/26