Just wanted to let you know something I learned from my doc today. Keep in mind that YOUR doc may not agree but still thought I'd share it. It involves an over the counter creme pain reliever.
To preface, in addition to the pain I have with spinal fusion, I also have bursitis in a shoulder and a terrible neck from a very old car accident. Well as luck would have it, I threw my neck out this morning and wondered if I could use aspercreme which I've used in the past to rub into the painful areas. For those of you not familiar with it, it is a topical salicylate pain reliever. It works by reducing swelling and inflammation in the muscle and joints. I really didn't want to increase my Lortab because I've just worked it down to 20 mg a day.
So...called my docs office and they said as long as I didn't rub it on an open wound or directly on or near the fusion it would be fine. So my neck and shoulder at least now have some relief. Yipeee! Just wanted to share the info in case it might somehow help others here. One warning!!!! Apply it with gloves because if you apply it with your hands and then rub your eyes it will really burn.