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Post Op Update after NS Visit for ACDF

asignor908aasignor908 Posts: 339
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:46 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had my post op visit with my NS on Frisay August 20, 2010.
I am still having alot of pain in the neck from base of skull to upper spine and across both shoulders. He said I have alot of arthritis issues on top of the disc problems. I can not take anti-inflamitory meds though because of healing and the fusing process (I guess). He did prescribe oxycodone 10 mg 3 x day and ativan 1 mg 3 x day. Also he prescribed physical therapy begining in about 2 weeks.

I still can't believe that nurse practiotioner told me that there is not much pain involved with this type of surgery. What the hell was she doing in nuero surgery intensive care?

Ironicly after the doctors appointment I have had much worse neck pain which i attribute to the car ride, I had my seat leaned back which I now think was a mistake.

Thanks to all mt friends out there who have offered support all through this process. As always any comments or thoughts on my status will be appreciated.

I go back for a visit on October 1st at which point we will be discussing my lower back surgery.


  • Well it's great that the surgery went well. Unfortunately we forget that this is not a fix all. I felt great after my surgery and then at about 2 months the pain came back and has gotten worse.

    Sounds like we both have arthritis issues. What I have learned is that arthritis is not just for little old people. You should do some research on the term and how it relates to the spine.

  • Thanks for the reply, I will be researhing arthritis. It seems my spine is just a mess, upper and lower. I just pray that the pain and/or paralysis doesn't become a way of life permantly. Right now I have the recovery pain from the ACDF, and the chronic pain in lower back, hip, legs, and feet. Trying to manage it all and that's why I want the lower back surgery ASAP. I never really had any severe spinal injuries so it baffles me. The only thing I can even think of is I was a police officer and was in the patrol car 8 to 12 hours a day starting in 1974. Back in those days the seats were very soft and certainly not good on the back. It just seems I have alot of damage all things considered.
    AL S
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