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Hello everyone! I'm brand new to the forum and looking for advice about pain meds. I'm in the US, medium sized city in the Midwest. Surgery done at a top notch hospital. Stayed 2 nights with no complications other than severe pain. While in the hospital I was on a regimin of Norco 10/325 and 5mg oxycodone, staggered every 3 hours. Upon discharge, surgeon wrote prescriptions for 2 weeks of the same strengths of both Norco and oxycodone, each to be taken every 4 hours. I scheduled them so I'd be taking one or the other every 2 hours. For the most part this has worked well. There were only a couple times when I took two oxys at the same time after physical therapy. The pain was almost unbearable.
I had my 2 week post-op visit and staples removed earlier this week. Saw my surgeon very briefly and I asked for a refill of both meds. He looked at me with a scowl on his face and told me "we don't prescribe narcotics beyond 14 days". I explained I was having trouble sleeping due to waking up in pain. Most nights I'm lucky to get 4 hours of sleep. I mentioned how much pain physical therapy was causing, including the obvious fact that pain was keeping me from being able to do specific exercises.
To make a long story short, surgeon grudgingly agreed to one more week of just the oxycodone. In my opinion, it's gonna take a week just to taper off the oxy. I've started trying to go 6 hours between doses but it's not going well. Pain is not going away anytime soon. I ice and elevate at least 30 minutes every 2 hours.
Please don't suggest I talk to my PCP. He is so anti pain medication that upon meeting him the first time several years ago, the VERY first words out of his? mouth were "We don't prescribe narcotics here".
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