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How long can you be taking pain pills after back surgery?
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: As long as indicates
Depends on several issues.
Includes your use/abuse of medication & duration preop, the extent of your surgery & for what diagnosis it was done, whether there were any complications as well as how you are healing &/or fusing. Was there any nerve/spinal cord issues, was bone graft harvested & do you smoke. Are you getting any side effects from medication? The list goes on. Speak to your surgeon.

In brief: As long as indicates
Depends on several issues.
Includes your use/abuse of medication & duration preop, the extent of your surgery & for what diagnosis it was done, whether there were any complications as well as how you are healing &/or fusing. Was there any nerve/spinal cord issues, was bone graft harvested & do you smoke. Are you getting any side effects from medication? The list goes on. Speak to your surgeon.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Videh Mahajan
Internal Medicine
In brief: Pain
As little as possible.

In brief: Pain
As little as possible.
Dr. Videh Mahajan
Dr. Videh Mahajan
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