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How long no IBUPROFEN post-op?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 51,489
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:24 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi everyone, today is exactly 3 months since my fusion. At my last appointment my NS said I could start taking ibuprofen on Nov 5. Now I have read 6-12 months in other places, so I am hessitant to take any. I have been dying for ibuprofen for 3 1/2 months, but now I am scared to take it since I don't have any interbody fusion yet at L4-5. I do have some posteriorlateral fusion starting. I am considering waiting until my next xray to see if I have more fusion yet. What did everyones surgeons say about how long with no NSAIDS? Just wanting to get an idea of what is typical. Thanks, >:D< Cali-Sue
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  • You should avoid all NSAID's until fusion has occurred. If your not sure about it, call your doctor back and ask again if it is safe.

    Some people have to take NSAID's right after surgery for various reasons. Overall though, they should be avoided.

    Keith
    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
  • I believe EMS Guy is right. Yesterday, my surgeon's office said no ibuprofen until I am fused. On the xray on 10/20, there were "puffy clouds" that told them I had started to fuse (whatever they are!). Could that be the "posteriorlateral fusion" you mentioned? Just curious. But stay off ibuprofen until your doc tells you to take it (IMO).
  • Thats the problem, my doc told me to take it, but because of everything I have read I am hesitant. I have to go back to work on the 21st. I am an RN and can't be working on narcotics. I still need something for pain on a daily basis. Tylenol is useless. IBU has always been my best relief (800mg), better than Norco or T#3.

    Joy, I had Polar, similar to TlIF, but I also had a posterior lateral fusion, its kinda the old way they did it before interbody fusions existed. Its fusion of the transverse processes. A lot of surgeons do both, and that is were I have some fusion, but none between the L4 & 5.

    I had been planning on being able to take IBU on the days I work, but now I am scared... :(
  • Cali Sue, I was told NO Nsaids for 6 months. I lived on them before surgery and have a very specific reason for it that I will not mention in a public forum but since you brought this subject up does anybody know of any alternatives that act as an anti-inflammatory but doesn't mess up the fusion process? An herb? Anything? I have been looking everywhere for an alternative. Go with your doctor though Cali. Always. You give me hope that perhaps I could discuss this with my doc at my next appt which actually puts me at about 4 months. That would be an unexpected blessing if he would allow me even minimum amounts of ibuprofen.
  • apparently olive oil has some antiinflammatory effects.

    so does ice. =D>
  • So I'm starting to believe that perhaps that when some doctors start to see fusing that perhaps they may be ok to take again? Since I've now seen so many different answers I'm wondering. I'm asking my doctor. I'm going to try the Olive Oil until he says something different. That's too easy.
    Thanks for bringing this up.
  • At 12 weeks post-op my NS gave me the go ahead to take 200-400 mg as at this dose it has less of an anti-inflammatory effect (as 600-800mg does) I will admit it still made me nervous. I have used it about 3 times and unfortunately it did absolutely nothing for me. I am choosing not to use it because it didn't help and I am just not willing to chance it at higher does. I am almost 5 months post-op and not very happy about my progress as far as pain goes. I am also showing some posteriorlateral fusion but not interbody. I'm stuck with the perc, but at least it still helps.

  • As you know I have been taking Celebrex from day 1 under Drs orders.
    I took myself off it a few weeks ago but after a week I knew I couldn't keep going without it so started again

    I know that the fusion rate did slow between weeks 12-24 but the first 12 weeks when I was taking anti-inflams the fusion was really good.
    If you are going back to work and your own Dr said OK then dont be put off by all that you read. If you hadn't read about it and your Dr said Ok to go ahead then wouldn't you do it?
    You have fusion happening and that is great - all it has to do is continue.

    Blessings Sara O:)
  • Thanks Sarah, I know I am so paranoid. I even worry that my bone growth stimulator is gonna overgrow the bmp too, crazy I know. I am gonna just hope I see white clouds on my xray when I get it later this month. It will be right before I go back to work. >:D< Cali-Sue
  • I am a vet tech and we suggest products containing omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, glucosamine and MSM to our patients with chronic arthritis. Fatty acids and MSM have natural anti- inflammatory properties and help support connective tissue. I am 3 weeks post op from my C5C6 ACDF and I am taking a Multivitamin, 1000mg Omega 3 supplement, Citrical with Bone Density Builder, and a Glucosamine/MSM Complex with Collagen. BTW, fish oils have more bioavailable omega 3 & 6 than plant based oils (flax seed, olive, hemp, etc.)

    I've also used heated rice bags and ice packs to help with the muscle spasms and inflammation.
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