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  holly_fly  |  34

I'm aware, but if you're in pain, you're in pain. And usually they tell you to take it every X hours, for X days, not to wait for the meds to wear off. Not at first anyways...

  thunderniron  |  22

You're absolutely right. They actually tell you not to wait for the pain to peak, to keep the meds in your system. Been through a major back surgery and still have chronic pain (possibly because I also need 2 more surgeries) lol.

  Brandi_Faith  |  33

I was going to say, from experience, you have to stay on top of the pain. If they say to take them every 4 hours then be sure to wake yourself up in the night and take them! People often make the mistake of thinking they'll wait till they're in pain to take them, or they don't wake themselves up in the night to take them. This is a big mistake because once the pain meds wear off, you will be in horrible pain and it will be too late by the time you take the next pill and you'll be in awful pain while you wait the 20 minutes or so for the pain meds to kick back in. People only make this mistake once usually. The pain meds are prescribed for a reason and it's important to take them as prescribed, even waking yourself up to do that. However I assume op was just coming up to the 4 hour mark so the pills were just starting to fade. In which case he was taking the pills properly and as prescribed. Hope you feel better soon op and hope you don't sneeze anymore (or cough).


#20 that's not true I just had my 54 surgery and they tell you take the medicine every six hours or as needed and to not let the pain get to bad so If OP needs then OP should take it the doctor's don't want you in agony.

By  LostInTheZone11  |  28

I've had that happen to me too!! I had my spine fused back in June '09 and the year following was really painful. Early that school year after the operation, one of my friends gave me a friendly smack on the back.

  TheNewGuy03  |  28

I had an ACDF on C6/7 with only a neck brace to support me afterward. It seemed like everything was trying to misalign my spine after the surgery. A pain in the neck, to be sure...

I feel ya.

By  jadeleepenguin  |  29

If you ever need to sneeze, press your tongue on the roof of your mouth and it should go away. I know how it feels to sneeze when sore, but sneezing after major surgery wouldn't be fun at all