Hi there. I have been searching all over the internet to find things that will help my brother. my brother had a spinal fusion last week on his L3, L4 and L5. He was released after 2 days in the hospital. a couple of days ago, he started having cold sweats-sweat was just pouring from his forehead, he was pale, as white as a ghost, he was dry heaving, it was not good. his wife took him into the E.R. and said he had a Vaso-occlusive episode from the pain and that he has a spinal leak. He is struggling with headaches and depression amongst his back pain ofcourse. the worst thing he says is his neck. is that common to have neck pain??? any suggestions to help him??? comfort him??? I am with him during the day while his wife is at work. He is incredibly depressed as well. anyways, he is currently having to lay flat on his back and only get up to use the bathroom. i would love it if anyone can share your stories-if you have gone through anything like he has gone through, and how you overcame it? any suggestions about the neck pain and such???? please help..i would greatly appreciate it.