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motrin/ibuprofen use please advise i am freaked out

mamainpainmmamainpain Posts: 127
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
OK, last night i woke up in so much pain, just couldn't get comfortable even with norco, so i snuck a 600 mg motrin, worked so well, went back to bed and slept better. Now i am a bit freaked out, did I screw my fusion?


  • From what I have been told and read, most surgeons do not want you to take NSAIDS for at least 3 months and the conservative ones 6 months after fusion as it inhibits bone growth. I have seen folks on here that their surgeon has OK'd a short run of NSAIDS or steroids for an acute flare up just to settle things down.

    Some folks took NSAIDs the whole time postop and fused nicely. I didn't take any and didn't fuse nicely. I would go by whatever your doc says and when you see the doc, I would tell him about this episode. He may be able to do an xray and let you know if you are making good fusion progress and even OK an occasional Motrin. Just be honest and let him know you were desperate, it was the middle of the night, and it worked.
  • I would call the Dr and ask if you can take them for occasional flare ups and let him know that you had to last night. Maybe he can give you something for these times so that you dont have to go that route again.
  • I was told not to take NSAIDs too, but I was prescribed one week of NSAIDS two months out of my fusion for a flare, so call your doctor. Don't lose any sleep though, nothing you can do about it now - just find out for future reference.
  • ..is what I sometimes used, but I cut it in 1/2 & rubbed it into my hardware/fusion area. Bypasses your gut that way, so you absorb less & it goes right to the painful area immediately.

    I'm not reccm'ding this, mind you, just a suggestion you could run past your doc. A lot of post-fusion pain is inflamatory pain, so it would make sense that a NSAID would help, but it's true that NSAID's can inhibit bone growth, altho some docs debate that.

    Check w/ your doc. How far along are you, Rachel? At 6 months out, and showing a nice starting fusion, I was OK'd for an occasional Advil. And b/c Advil upsets my GI system, I chose to use the home-made "rub". Cheap & easy---but do ask your doc.

  • Did you just take 1 pill? I wouldn't think 1 would do much for you. It takes a week or more to build up in your system. Did the surgeon tell you it was ok to take them ? AFter my fusion it was a No NO to take anti inflams. It will delay the fusion or stop it from fusing i was told.
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
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