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.