Tapering off pain medications
I just had two spinal fusion surgeries in November one week apart and they have me on Dilaudid 2 mg and Valium 5 mg every six hours, plus a Fentanyl pain patch. I am very concerned about getting addicted because I was getting by on physical therapy and not much else before. I don't feel woozy or sleepy when I take the medicines; it just takes my pain to a tolerable level. The doctor and therapist that are working with me said not to worry, that I am only JUST one month out from the surgery and that it's too early to worry about that, they will take me down slowly over time and to just keep taking the medicine as prescribed and do the therapy exercises the best I can....and be patient.
I'm wondering if anybody else has had extensive (10 vertebra fusion for degenerative scoliosis; one 10 hour surgery, and one 11 hour surgery the 7 days later) spinal fusion and, if so, what was your experience with coming off the pain medications. It has only been a month.....should I stop worrying about tapering off and follow doctors orders? I looked up the dosages of all three medications and I am on the lowest dose of Fentanyl available and the middle dose of the Dilaudid and Valium.
I see the doctor again for a post-op on January 6th.