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Update on my Laminectomy

GreyEagleGGreyEagle Posts: 350
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi everybody! :)

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!

Ken GreyEagle


  • Well, I guess things are at least ok because you're still posting. You've had such a long road and such a major surgery that I'm glad to see you giving us updates.

    I'm so glad you gave us an update - I think about you and how you're doing. How's it going with LTD? Everything moving forward positively?

    I'm sorry for you shoulder pain and I hope you don't end up with too much permanent nerve damage, although I know that it's to be expected in your case.

    I hope you're able to keep up on World of Warcraft. LOL

    Take care of yourself and I look forward to your updates to come.
  • Ken.
    Sorry to hear you are still having trouble with your left arm and shoulder. Hang in there. It was 3 months before I could have PT after my second surgery, perhaps they will wait another month. Good to hear how you are doing, hope you feel better soon.

  • Good to hear from you. Just remember that it takes a long time for nerves to heal after surgery.I thought that my pain wouldn't go away as well but after i was finally off my pain meds things seemed to settle down for me.Hopefully it will be the same for you.Just keep a positive attitude ,its key to getting as well as you can.
  • Glad to see you here. Sorry things haven't improved yet, but there is still a lot of time for improvment. Hang in there. At least things won't be getting any worse now, that's something to be thankful for.

    Best wishes
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