I am 5 wks post op after having ACDF C4-C6. Unfortunately I fell in the shower during wk 3 post op and while everything looked good on CT and X-Ray I am having pain mainly in my right shoulder and down right arm. The pain gets to be about a 7 on the pain level. I'm taking tylenol extra strength, but it's not doing much good. I don't know if I should ask the doctor for something stronger or just tough it out. When I saw him 4 wks post op, we talked about the pain I was having, but didn't really talk about pain meds. I haven't slept for 2 days because of the pain. I don't really like taking anything stronger because of it bothering my stomach but am at a loss of what to do, my other pain mgmt techniques are not working. Any thoughts or suggestions for dealing with the pain would be appreciated.
I'm also having pins/needle stabbing pain on the right side of my breast since the surgery. Anyone have a similar experience?
2007 - L3 through S1 fusion
Aug 2009 - C4 through C6 fusion