My husband and I are trying to get a better feel for what is an appropriate level of pain meds just under a week out from surgery. He had L4-L5 interbody fusion with 2 small(ish) incisions on Wednesday. He was on 10mg Oxcodone every 3 hours plus PCA in the hospital with Valium once or twice a day if needed until discharge on Saturday. We are home now with the Oxy and Valium. The pharmacy told us to try to space it out if we can or take 5 mg instead of 10 if possible. Every time we try that, he ends up with out of control pain that takes 6+ hours to get back under control. Is it just too soon, are we being too aggressive for 6 days out and wait a bit, or keep trying? I know that nobody can give medical advice, just looking for some perspective about what is "typical" He is up and moving regularly with the walker - 45 years old, if it matters.