I haven't been on the forum lately.... I really have been doing pretty good.
I've seen my NS twice since the surgery on 6/30.
- once was a two week post-op to remove stitches. He was concerned that the rear scar was infected, so he still removed the staples but put me on Keflex to ward off any infections.
-most recent was this past Mon, 7/20 to check on scar...and it is doing great. I'm finishing up my 10 day Rx of Keflex.
After the first post-op he said he wanted me to begin walking twice a day...I was able to make once a day for 30 minutes. I live in South LA and the heat in the afternoons made it unbearable for twice a day.
At second post-op, he said I was looking great and could do anything as long as it didn't cause me pain. So I was hoping to do my afternoon "walks" in our neighborhood pool.
Then the cough started the next day. (I know that I caught something from my daughter who got sick....but it has to be viral since I've been taking an antibiotic for 10 days now!)
It's now Thursday morning and I've been coughing a lot and now wheezing. I've also had a low grade fever.
Is it possible for the coughing to "mess up" the fusion and instrumentation? I had an ACDF with metal brace on C5-6, then in back I have two rods and screws in C4-7.
I know that there's not a whole lot that can be done for something that is viral. I'm using an extra inhaler that my daughter had (I have not ever been diagnosed with asthma, but I can actually hear the wheezing.) and taking motrin and Robitussin.
I'd appreciate hearing from anyone else who might have had coughing after cervical surgery.