Pain after posterior cervical fusion c-6/t-1

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   Posted 8/25/2018 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
The surgery was Aug 8 and the dr says it is healing nicely, however the pain is unbearable...hope that means it is healing! Taking 4-6 hydrocodone daily and 2 Flexeril for muscle relaxants. I have been walking and moving around...did not require a brace so my neck has stood alone in supporting itself. just wondering how long this is going to last...I need a break from the pain.

Since surgery I have lost some strength in my hands which dr assures me will return, and that is bothersome. Anyone had this problem?

To top it off I am due a lumber laminectomy Oct 4on L-4-5 which is blocked with stenosis. This is affecting my gait/balance and we were hoping the cervical surgery would help with that but it did not that much.
Guess I just need a venting group so thanks for listening.
Hope u all have a painless weekend!

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   Posted 8/25/2018 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
SG, you are still pretty much fresh from surgery regardless of what the dr is saying. Healing to these drs means basically the incision looks nice. You have a long way to go before you will be completely healed. There is much internal healing to be done on the inside. Realistically, it takes a year to totally heal from a cervical fusion, some it can be 18 months. At the end of that time how you feel is when you will know the final result of the surgery.

Post op pain seems to be much less at the 6 week mark, depending on the individual. I am surprised your dr gave you flexeril, most give valium for just a few weeks right after surgery, then switch to something else. They don't like giving valium out because of addiction issues. However, 2-3 weeks, it can be a game changer for many. Is the flexeril giving you any relief? Did the dr rx it 2 a day or how? If the flexeril isn't working I would let the dr know.

about sleeping, do you have a recliner? If so, try to sleep in it. Most folks prefer a recliner right after surgery over a bed. If you don't have one what about borrowing one from a friend or relative, or renting one. If you rent one, go to a store & find one that fits you & give it a try in the store.

Ice packs are another go to instead of heat. Things are pretty inflamed inside right now & heat could aggravate things further.

I hope things calm down. I would not commit to October for the other surgery unless your neck is doing absolutely wonderful. Thats too much surgery close together.
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