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Post op Question c4-c7

Monica LynnMMonica Lynn Posts: 43
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am 3 months post-op. I have fusion of c4-c7, w/cadiver bones and plate.

Of course I am still in pain, still have muscle spasms,and still waiting for my right arm and thumb to stop throbbing. My question is, NOW I have started having a terrible time getting up when I lay down. It hurts both sides of my neck and it almost feels impossible for me to get my head off the pillow. I rollover to the side of the bed and try to get up, but the pain is horrible. Is this normal???


  • Monica,

    You have had a very large surgery and it is going to take time to recovery from. But the one thing I say is if the pain is getting worse and not better, time to call your surgeon. When is the last time you had seen the surgeon and or had a set of x-rays to check the status of the fusion? As far as the roll to the side to get out of bed that has just become away of life for me. Originally, I was doing it to protect the other levels now because the force that is placed on my neck when getting up is just to much. Also something that might be of note is have you been possibly increasing your daily activity to cause additional pain? But you know the old saying when in doubt call the doctor and ask? I do hope you get to feeling better. Let us know how it goes. Take care.
  • I have an appt. w/doctor in a couple of weeks, my pt would not even touch me last week because I was choking from the plate and too many spasms. I am not going back to the surgeon, he is not on my list of favorites. He has told me there is NO reason I am not up moving, working, and not feeling the pain. What a goof ball!!!! Like I love hurting everyday and crying when I have to get up. Thanks for your answer. :)
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