I had my 4 level cervical laminectomy on April 8th. At this time I still wear a soft collar at home and a hard collar when riding in a vehicle. I saw my DO a few weeks ago. At that time he said I was still not ready for physical therapy. I see him again June 5th.
I see my neurosurgeon once more June 2nd. I'm not sure what he will be saying or doing with me on that date. I would imagine just a general follow up post-surgery.
I am still taking pain meds. I take 2 oxycodone (5 mg tabs) every 4 to 6 hours. I take 15 mg morphine tabs 2x a day. I take 2 Lyrica (100 mg tabs) 2x a day. My DO is reducing my Lorazepam over a month period to where I will finally be off that med.
I still have quite a bit of shoulder pain especially. I'm expecting that will still take months for that to go away. My left arm is just as bad or a bit worse than it was before surgery. My doctors think I probably sustained permanent nerve damage. But they also tell me it could take a year for that to resolve if it is going to.
So, we'll see how it goes.
Thanks for listening!