I’m 1 week post op from a two level open TLIF and I’ve been using narcotics around the clock for almost 9 months. I take hydrocodone, orphenadrine (muscle relaxer), and lyrica. Since surgery I now take oxycodone, Valium, and lyrica. I’m nervous about tapering off meds. I was planning to first drop back down to the meds and lower doses I was on before surgery. Then start lowering those meds. My primary doctor said he will help me wean off and will not just pull me off my meds. I meet with him next week to make a plan.
Is this process always painful and really difficult? I guess I’m curious how long ppl are on meds after this surgery if they weren’t relying on those meds for extended periods of time before the surgery. Nervous nelly over here!