I can empathize with you, and to be honest anybody that tells you, you should be back to normal by now, doesn't know what they are talking about! You had allot more done than what I did, or at least it sure sounds like you did, and it will take a good while longer before you will feel any where close to being back to normal. Shame on that nurse for telling you that! I know Draka it took me at least 12 weeks before things started feeling back to normal and even then what is normal suppose to feel like after that type of surgery?? Have you seen your surgeon for a follow up ? I seen mine for three month follow up, anyway I had lots of problems with spasms, mine were primarily in my neck and upper shoulder on my left side. and into my head! I do not like the sound of the numbness and swelling in your hand or finger. I think I would talk to your surgeon about it, not his nurse!.
Draka you have had so much done, when I had mine, I did not have to wear anything but a soft cervical collar as they put pins in my neck on both sides and attached little rod to them, I have a rod on each side of the vertebra inside my neck. but I had only the articular joints at c-3/4 fused this time. although my incision goes down the center of the back of my neck from the base of my skull to my shoulder blades. I had lots of pain and spasms, for a long time. I really think you need to take it easy, you should not be back to normal yet,I do hope that you are not doing all the normal stuff that you would normally do! The thing that will probably help you the most is the physical therapy when you start having that! In the mean time your grafts ( fusions need time to take hold and grow) and that does not happen in just 6 weeks! Be gentle with your self! and patient, it will take time ! May I ask you why you are tapering off your pain meds? Are you still having lots of pain? I would be careful about doing that, if your in lots of pain then give your self some more time. You will sleep better and heal better if you are not suffering with pain. Your body does not need the extra stress right now. I do not advocate using pain meds and I think it is great if you can get along without them, but I do not see any use in doing it if you are still suffering with pain. If it is an consolation to you Draka, I will tell you that this posterior surgery is the absolute worse when it comes to pain and taking time to heal. But with that said, it will get better in time. But it will take a while yet! So just don't over do it or anything, you have had some major trauma done to you, and it will take some more time to heal!
I really do empathize with you!
Please take care of yourself, and remember I am here for you, if you need my help!
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!
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