Hi everyone, just wondering if anyone else out there has had there spinal hardware removed? I had mine taken out 3 wks ago,plus a laminectomy & a non-hardware fusion on L3. I was in the hosp. 10 days! (due to major internal bleeding and a huge spinal leak) Then last Monday I had to go have a bloodpatch (ouch). Anyway, I'm home now and am really, really hurting. My scar (same one as before) is really bumpy and extremely sore. One of the main problems I have is that my PM doctor - who my surgeon referred me to 1 wk before surgery - is really rude and I feel like he could care less about me. I was on (6) 10mg of Norco x 4 yrs prior to surgery and had never once asked for an increase (no wonder they pretty much stopped wkg about 2 yrs ago!) I was seeing another PM dr, but we moved...everytime I brought up my pain to my other PM dr, he'd just say, "well, do you wanna have more surgery?", so I just kept my mouth shut and left. When we moved, I saw a neurosurgeon who FOUND my problem(s) and immediately set up surgery. That's when he ref. me to a PM dr. here -- who is a young, goodlooking, very cocky, and somewhat rude person. After lvg the hosp., he cut my pain meds in half. I called his ofc and even his nurse was rude. When I went in for my post op, he said I'd have to "tough it out" and just to remember what I felt like in the hospital! My surgeon said (at the post op) that it would take a long time for me to heal and that it's not a race. My PM dr has me on 3 Norcos a day, which I'm basically immune to, plus 2 oxys a day - which I can't even feel working. Problem is I wake up sev. x's in the middle of the night hurting & have nothing to take. Not allowed to take Advil, etc. either. I feel I need to be switched to something different, but this young doc refuses to even call me back, and his nurse is like, "Nope, sorry, he won't change anything." SO, I don't know what to do. I'm in enough pain to be annoying to my husband, I'm sure, & feel terrible for that. I can't even relax enough to feel like I can heal. This doc doesn't care, and doesn't let me explain things to him. He didn't even give me decent pain medicine in the hosp. until day 3; nothing was wkg & finally they drew my blood to find out I needed FOUR transfusions! (which was why the meds didn't work, see?) I kept complaining of severe pain and kept being told I "shouldn't" feel that way...guess they found out why. So how should I handle this doctor? Would be grateful for some tips. I may call my surgeon & tell him what's going on, but hate to complain....thanks to all who reply! I sincerely appreciate it.