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Mom's so foggy after her surgery

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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery


Hi, I'm glad to find this forum. My mom, 61 years old, had a spinal fusion surgery, (6 screws and 2 rods), on 12/5/08. She was in the hospital until 12/10 and is home now. We are feeling frustrated that she is so "out of it" from her meds - she's on Oxycontin and Valium. My step-father has been working with the doctors to adjust her meds, but she never reports less than a "7" pain rating, so they don't want to lessen the doses. Her tongue is "thick" when she talks, she can't stay awake long, and she is really out of it, generally. Is this normal and when should we see some progress? I'm sad she probably won't remember Christmas. Thank you for any input.
Trishia


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  • Have you talked to the doc about the thick tongue? I don't remember that from post op but I was a little out of it too but not that bad after 10-11 days. I just wonder if it could be a reaction to one of the meds. Has she been able to walk around a bit when she is feeling not so bad to at least get up and eat and go to the bathroom? I know I spent a lot of time on the couch my 1st 2 weeks after coming home and I too spent 5 days in the hospital.

    On a personal note, make sure your mom has adequate bowel movements. This is something we have all struggled with post op and it's not fun.

    You mom is very luck to have a child like you who is concerned enough to be doing this research. I hope you are helping her out around the house with chores to take some of the pressure off your father as well. It is great to see supportive families.
  • Just my opinion, but I think they should try different pain meds. I was a little loopy, but never slurred or out of it on 2 Norco 10. Everyone is different, but sounds too strong for her. You never know, maybe something else would also give better pain relief. Good-luck
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