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    He said I'd have a morphine pump while I was in the hospital for about three days. I was exaggerating/joking. I know there will be some pain. I asked him about getting hooked and he said blah blah blah this is what these meeds were made for and we can taper as I heal blah blah blah so I'm not really worried about that aspect. Or the surgery, he said hea done like three thousand like this and only four people had complications, so I'm very confident.

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    morphine pumps are your friend, ask your family to push the button for you when you are asleep
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    The morphine pump was not my friend. They upped the amount of morphine the pump deliveree and i was still in agony.

    Then I was introduced to my new buddy Dilauded.

    I am home now and hurt like hell. I have evwn more numbness than before but i can walk much better already. They sent me home with even more percocet, dilauded, and some valium. Im not sire why they gave me valium so i think ill save it for when the republicans win the next election.

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    Good idea, but actually the valium is for muscle spasams, which you'll get because of how they manipulated your back muscles during surgery.
    Best of luck in healing
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    find out Friday if im gonna be joining yah though what would be done to me is alot less invasive and a simpler fix
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clint View Post
    The morphine pump was not my friend. They upped the amount of morphine the pump deliveree and i was still in agony.
    Wish I had seen this thread earlier. A friend had major surgery & was given the choice between pills or the pump. He chose the pump & it always ran out too soon & he was stuck for a period with very little relief. When I talked to the nurses off to the side, they told me they always recommend the pills because they last longer & provide more relief - just take longer to have an impact. They said the people with the pumps always have more issues with pain....
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    As anyone who has been in chronic, severe long term pain knows,
    pain medicines do NOT take the pain away. It may distract you from it,
    or at the very best, help you to deal with it, but it does NOT make it go away.

    The good news is that in many cases, pain meds can help you to deal with the pain,
    whether short or long term. But remember, when you are taking a narcotic, your body
    will get used to it, whether via building up a tolerance to it or a dependence on it.
    Those are different than becoming addicted, but they are things that will have to be dealt with
    at some point.

    Whatever the situation, it is best to keep yourself at the point of experiencing a level of pain that you can feel, but deal with. Do not try reaching a point (when using the medicine) of no pain at all, nor going for the "good feelings" it might provide. That is expecting too much from the meds, and is not something they can provide (if for any length of time), without also having negative effects down the line (Like them not working eventually, or needing more.)

    Pain meds can be a Godsend, but can also bring hell if you try to take advantage of their effects.

    Good luck on your recovery. I hope you can find a pain-free place in the future, hopefully without meds. (I am not against pain meds, but it makes for no life having to take them.

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    Tomorrow I go see the neurosurgeon for a follow up.

    I had an easy and enjoyable two weeks on pain medication and muscle relaxers and then I decided to stop to see if I really needed them, even though I was told to take them every three hours (six on the Valium) even if I don't feel like I need them so that it will prevent me from needing them in the first place. I didn't need them so I decided to save the two weeks I had left over in case I hurt my back again, that way I won't suffer while waiting on an appointment.

    A took like six ibuprofen a day for a week, and for the past week I really havnt needed anything ar all. My worries about getting hooked on pain pills were totally over nothing. I did become addicted to those trashy tv court shows, however. When I stopped taking the dilaudid, percocet and Valium there was no withdrawal or anything.

    I am very happy to report that I am up and walking like nothing ever happened, the foot drop is gone, and the only problem that persists is some residual numbness, and I have pin and needle sensations that didn't exist before the surgery. I don't think I need any physical therapy but will probably go at least once if my doctor makes me. I will talk to my doctor about increasing the neurontin or preferably ask for some samples of lyrica since I've read great things about it helping with this problem. The neurontin he gave me originally had six refills left on it so I am assuming he expects think it will take at least six months for it to go away, if it goes away.

    It's not painful but it's very frustrating and annoying. I hope medicine can help alleviate it, but I do not want any more surgery since this problem, while frustrating and unwanted, isn't affecting my ability to walk. I appreciate things like going to the mailbox or kitchen now.
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