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After my surgery they had me on morphine, it never took my pain completely away, then the nurses would be late giving me the next dose. The doctor then put me on a morphine drip and this button thing I could push every 20 minutes for a little more. I felt no pain relief from it at all and I think my body didn't accept it at all! The moment the dr removed the machine and gave me a Percocet and tramadol and a Valium all in pill form I finally felt some relief from pain and felt better mentally as well. But like I said in my post above I had taken norco on a regular basis for about 6 months before my surgery and I don't know for sure if that had anything to do with the pain I was feeling and not getting relief from at all. I actually have always had a very high tolerance for pain. The pain from this surgery was traumatizing for me. One nurse had told me in the hospital that this surgery is one of the most painful that's done and she said the pain killers aren't necessarily going to take all the pain away. So, from my experience I would have to say that slowing down on the pain killers (with dr permission of course!) before surgery is prabably the way to go.[/QUOTE]

I'm 14 days away from surgery so not much time to wean off, and I've been on Norco 10 mg x 4 daily for 18 months, then before that I was on Percocet 7.5 mg for 6 months. How does that compare to your pre-op Norco that you took?

Morphine makes me itch so bad, after hip replacement, I woke up with scrape marks all over my body where I had clawed myself overnight, so they took me off morphine and put me on Percocet 5 mg x 2. The morphine worked well for me, but I can't stand the itching. But, as you say, the pain of this surgery might be so brutal that I'll do anything to stop it.

If you don't mind saying, did you have your surgery done by an orthopedic spine surgeon or neurosurgeon?

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