Good morning Jill!
Welcome to the Chronic Pain Forum! We are delighted that you found us here on the web, but saddened for the reason of your search.
I believe you will enjoy the members here, as they are warm, and very supportive to say the least!
I did read your other post on another thread, and understand your concern about the upcoming cervical surgery. One thing I see in your favor, is that you appear to be on a very low dose of pain med's, and this might be beneficial to you, when they are treating your post op pain. In other words the pain med's they will give you after surgery may be more effective and allow a little more comfort for you.
Also, I had a double lumbar fusion surgery 18 months or so ago, and the success rate is not near as good as the Cervical surgery's. This is no guaranntee that you will have a successfull outcome, but I believe the odds are better than the lumbar surgries.
If your a smoker, then stop! The healing time may be quicker, and it can affect the overall outcome of the fusion.
Feel free to visit us often, and ask anything you wish. The members will be more than willing to help!
White Beard (Moderator) is our most experienced cervical fusion member, and has quite a bit of knowledge in this area, so he is a good one to listen to. Also, if you get a chance, please take a peek at the "Chronic Pain 101" at the top of our home page. There is a lot of good reading there about Chronic Pain.
Take care, and again "Welcome" and "Enjoy" the forum!
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