Posted 12/9/2020 11:37 AM (GMT -7)
Hi colochick & welcome to the forum. We just recently had a new member Anet have a fusion & she was sent home with Tylenol only. The medications you listed should give you some relief, some of the big university hospitals are doing surgeries & they are offering zero narcotics but giving the medications you have listed. A lot of drs are rxing Gabapentin instead of a narcotic. Celebrex & the Gabapentin will also help with inflammation. I suggest that you take these medications on a schedule, set alarms on your phone. If you find yourself in trouble, don't hesitate to contact your surgeon regardless of the time of day/night.
Ice packs are very beneficial too. Do not use heat, heat will aggravate the post op inflammation. Do not try to lay with your head propped up on the arm of a couch. Keep your posture in check. A lot of our members use a recliner to recline in & sleep for a few weeks. They find it too difficult to get up & down out of a bed. If you don't have one, consider renting one or borrowing one from a friend or family member. Get a "grabber" to pick things up off the floor. These can be bought at the drug store & they are not expensive. Be sure to have plenty of water on hand, if you will be alone during the day have foods that can be heated in the microwave. Basically, you will need a lot of patience during the healing process, it will take many months to completely heal & recover, not 6 weeks. Get a comfy recliner & rest. Yes, you will need to get up & walk around in the house too. Nothing wrong with stepping outside to get some sun & fresh air every day. I'm sure I am missing some things, if I remember more I will post here. Follow your post-op directions to the letter.