Percocet after ACDF surgery?
I had ACDF surgery C4-C7 almost 2 weeks ago on Sept. 2nd. 3 allografts (cadaver bone) and titanium plate and screws. Stayed in hospital 2 nights. Was in post op for 5 hours, instead of the planned 1 hour, due to severe pain causing my pulse and BP to skyrocket. I was not awake most of this time. I was sent home with Percocet every 3 hours for 3 days and Flexoril. Then I received a refill of Percocet for 5 days for every 4 hours. This is a total of 8 days. When I requested a refill of Percocet the Neuro nurse was awfully rude! She told me that I "should not need pain meds anymore" and If I "requested more I would be sent to the Pain Management Clinic."
This was not elective surgery for me. I had myelopathy and was falling with my spine being compressed in several areas. I also had been on Celebrex for 8 years for arthritis and spinal stenosis and was told I had to stop taking it before surgery and remain off it for one year after surgery! I told the nurse this and told her evey inch of my body hurt after going off Celebrex and this was combined with my three level post op pain. She obtained a refill of 60 Percocet and phoned me back saying "You better make this last because you are not getting more!" I told her I was insulted by her condescending attitude and the way she was acting like I was a drug addict. Ugh!
The next morning I had an incision check with her. Tues. 9/13. I arrived at the clinic with my husband and my cane. Due to the myelopathy I have to use a quad cane or walker all the time, ever after surgery. A different nurse brought me in and told me my "appointment was upgraded to a PA and the Neur Surg due to all of your problems." After they all examined me the doctor gave me a big lecture on Percocet addiction!!! It was 11 days after major surgery!!! He then decided I should take Neurontin to replace the Celebrex. They made me feel so awful and I cried when we got back to the car. Is this usual? I am not an addict and was only taking Tylenol and Celebrex for my pain before surgery.