I had a PLIF 3 weeks ago tomorrow (l5-s1) and lets say it was a rough couple of weeks. In fact my doctor is having me take dilaudid 2 mg every 3 hours.
At this point I do not feel I need such a strong pain medicine and don’t need to take it so often. In fact, I would prefer to be on a less strong medicine like norco (which I took b/f my surgery), but I am nervous to bring up pain medicine questions to my surgeon because I don’t want him to think I don’t need any pain medicine at all anymore or think I am drug seeking.
Do you have any advice on how I should bring up this issue in the right way? I really want to give my physical therapy all my effort, but worry if I don’t have anything for pain I may not work as hard in order to avoid the pain.
A surgeon who is asked by a patient for a lower dose or strength of pain medication should be quite happy to hear this. Most likely, he has not required you to be on that dosage around the clock. I assume that he would agree for you to reduce your medication even now.
Surgery can be painful postoperatively and I am certain that he will continue you with medications until you no longer need them.