I'd just like to write about my experience so this doesn't happen to anyone else. I had kyphoplasty at the #1 hospital for back and spine surgery (Rush University Med Center) in Illinois yesterday. Kyphoplasty is a procedure where they poke a hole in your fractured vertebrae with a rod containing a balloon on the end. They blow up the balloon and create a cavity in your vertebrae. Then they pump the cavity full of bone cement. In essence, they glue you back together. I have 6 spinal compression fractures due to osteoporosis caused by pituitary insufficiency which is probably a result of a untreated Lyme infection. My LLMD is the one who identified adult growth hormone deficiency and prescribed growth hormone for me. For many years, I was treated with all sorts of ADs but nothing helped. I couldn't understand what the fuss was about ADs since they didn't do anything for me. Once I got on HGH all of the emotional symptoms (depression, crying jags, insomnia, racing thoughts, etc.) went away. But my osteoporois will take about 6 years to reverse with the HGH. So now I'm also on 20 mcg of Forteo too. Forteo is a shot of parathyroid hormone which builds bone. For pain, my internal med doc has me on 40 mg of Opana ER 3X per day with Vicodin for BTP. Opana is a newer med -- it's supposed to be a revved up version of Oxycontin -- or a lot stronger. The two meds (Opana ER and Oxycontin) are not related to each other chemically in any way. Opana is slow release oxymorphone and Oxycontin is slow release oxycodone. Comparing it to Oxycontin is just how my doc described it to me saying it's for those who have trouble with Oxycontin. I get severe chest pain from Oxycontin. In the recovery room, they kept giving me Fentynal which didn't do anything for me. Because of severe pain, I kept thrashing about and kicking the covers off and crying while I was still under the anesthesia. I told them they'd have to go up to Dilaudid because Fentynal didn't do much for me when used during the past 13 surgeries that I've had. I'm allergic to sulfa which is chemically close to morphine, HCTZ (diuretics) and OxyContin. I've had allergic reactions to all of these meds in the past. The recovery room nurses were very patient and kind. They did get the doc to order Dilaudid. After the second dose, just when I got comfortable for about 1/2 hour the surgeon came to see me. At that point I was fairly calm but was sitting on a bedpan. URGH! I couldn't think of anything that I wanted to say while on a bedpan let alone USE the bedpan. I meant to complain about the pain but wanted to know about the problems that happened during surgery. I was scheduled as first case at 7:30 AM, the surgery was delayed until 11 AM. I had an allergic reaction when the anesthesia was administered. Then another reaction to the Betadine they used to sterilize my back. I'm sensitive to sulfa and sulfites both. Some of the meds they used have sulfites in them as a preservative. They didn't think to check them all for sulfites before they injected the meds. Or thought it's only a small amount so it won't matter. Or maybe they thought the benefits of the meds outweighed the drawbacks. DUH! My Epi-pens also have the very same sulfite I'm most allergic to inside. Another one of the many Catch-22's of this illness. Knowingly having to inject myself with something that I'm allergic to to prevent death that might be caused because I'm allergic to something else? Then the X-Ray machine they use in this OR was broken. They didn't wheel me into the recovery room until nearly 2 pm. This means I was under anesthesia for a lot longer than they intended. My throat is way and my voice is shot. The post surgical pain management was very poor. Once I had been given 2 doses of Dilaudid I was told I couldn't have any more. I was sent up to my room around 4 PM. My surgeon told me I could go home that same day if I wished but he preferred that I stay over night because they wanted to do labs and a CT scan. There was no medical reason to keep me overnight. The recovery room nurses called the nurse assigned to my hospital room to let them know about the pain management situation. The nurse thought he could get a PCA pump brought up with Dilaudid in it. If they had done this I would have spent the night and been comfortable for the first time since Feb 22 when the fractures happened. Unfortunately, all the doctor had ordered was 5 mg Norco so that's all the nurse could give me. My nurse was apologizing left and right. He even called my surgeon to tell them what a poor job they were doing with pain management on my case. No Opana ER could be given to me because it's not on the hospital's formulary meaning that in order for them to stock it they'd have to drop another med. Since not very many people are on Opana they don't want to do this. I'm also on Soma which is a muscle relaxer. The hospital didn't have this available either! One of the docs even told me that if I were to return to this hospital for any procedures that I should bring the Opana ER with me. I opted to leave the hospital because I have better pain meds at home. Today I have very severe pain. I've sent an email to my primary but I know he's not in on Fridays. I may have to go see the doc-in-the-box for a shot of Toradol. Mostly, I'd like to let others know about my story especially if taking Opana ER. If having surgery check with the hospital to see what pain meds they have available before hand.