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ACDF surgery - 7 weeks later still on meds...normal?

mlwmmlw Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello everyone!
I had ACDF surgery on Oct 7th. 7 weeks later, I'm still on pain meds. I have considerable pain in the back of my neck, top of my shoulders and terrible headaches up the back of my neck.

How long did it take other ACDF patients to get off pain meds and to be pain free?


  • As I think most would tell you, everyone is different with regard to outcomes and the length of time needed for pain medication. I have read comments of those who hardly needed it after a few days, to those who need it for months. My surgeon was extremely conservative as he tried to wean me off the Norco after only two weeks. My father-in-law got better pain medication for a simple hernia repair! This caused me much undue pain and anxiety of worrying about how to live in pain. I did however take some advice on spine health and asked my PCP about prescribing a muscle relaxer, which when taken regularly, really helped calm down a lot of the pain, which made it easier to start to wean off the pain meds. I too had the horrible pain in the back of my neck and up the back of my head; which I thought would never end. I was told this was normal. It did get better with time; seemed like I was feeling much better at three months. My surgeon recommended alternating ice and moist heat, which helped. A good massage helps loosen things up in there too. Keeping a walking regimine and avoiding prolonged sitting was also very important. I still have a day here and there 4 months post ACDF where I need something stronger than a Tylenol, especially when I over do it. It is difficult to deal with the stigma of pain medication and although it should be weaned when possible, it should not be a source of stress early on. Every physician or surgeon has different views, so if you are worried, speak to your doctor. Please know that the recovery can be quite difficult at times but does improve. I hope you get to feeling better soon!
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