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My two month post-op check up

sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi all. I just wanted to update you all on my check up Friday for post op acdf 5-6.

As for the loud pop and pain in my throat after stretching last week she ( my NS assistant) said "it's highly unlikely that anything would pop loose". She asked if I wanted her to send me for a swallowing test for my swallowing and lump in throat problem and I said not if it is really common and should go away with time. She said we could wait and see.

I told her about my low back/butt/leg pain (that disappeared during surgery and reappeared 5 weeks after) and she told me to take NSAID's. I told her that the NS told me not to take any for six months post op and she said, well I don't think it'd hurt. Well, I'm not going to take any! Why push my luck? What do you think? Besides, I've tried it all before anyway.

I didn't ask her about the hot flashes that I've had so much just since surgery. I was hoping my NS would come in after her like he sometimes does so I could ask him but he didn't and she was already on to the next patient. Ah well...follow up again on Jan 7 and have another xray a few days prior to that. I told her that the lump in my throat feeling is better for a while after taking a pain pill (hydrocodone 5-500) usually took two a day and Flexeril one morning and night...so she gave me a refill for one hydrocodone a day and one flexeril...go figure.



  • are not good after fusion. Was told not to take them. It slows down fusion process.

    I hope you feel better.

  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    Thanks. That's what I have been told too. Makes me wonder sometimes.

    My neck is doing great other than the swallowing/lump stuff. ROM is very good and they don't think I need any PT. I'm very active anyway so I guess that helps.

    How are you? I hope your recovery is moving right along...

  • my recovery is going pretty well. I can't do much around the house which is very frustrating...the mess piles up quickly. LOL


  • If your NS told you not to take NSAIDs for 6 months, then definately, don't take them. They do impede fusion and you don't want that! :S

    I'm amazed that the NS assistant said she didn't think it would hurt, even after being told the NS had said no. I would follow what the NS said!

    I was given NSAIDs in the hospital after my fusion as pain meds, and for inflamation.
    I decided that I would only take them for a short while, while I was getting over the initial swelling from surgery.

    When I spoke to my surgeon about it, he didn't think I would have a problem with fusion. Needless to say, at my 8 week x-ray, there was no sign of fusion at all! I don't take them now, and am waiting to see if I have fusion, at my 12 month appointment in March next year.

    Hopefully your hot flashes will have settled down a bit by January. I was also troubled by them after my surgery and took a while to go, but they did in the end. Sorry, I can't remember how long it took; probably more than 2 months.

    Take care Debbie >:D< >:D< >:D<
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    I'm glad you're doing well. It's to soon for you to be worrying about housework. I know how hard it is to let things go and I'm a poor one to tell anyone to be patient but that's what you need to do. Don't worry, the mess will still be there!

  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    I hope you're fused by March. Are you having any other problems from the surgery?

    I'm still having A LOT of hot flashes but maybe not as many as I was (fingers crossed). Thanks for giving me hope that it does get better!

    I'm going to ask about the throat problem in another topic. This is getting to me!

    Hope you're having a good day.
  • I would call the office and ask for the surgeon directly. Tell him what the assistant said about the NSAIDS. I would also mention the popping/swallowing to him. Her answer seemed very flip especially combined with the nsaids.

    He either needs to confirm what she said or he needs to know that his assistant is giving out contradictory advice. It makes one of them look like a fool and it is his reputation on the line.
  • Hmmmmm, In my paperwork it says to not take OTC pain meds because the prescribed meds already contained ingredients such as acetamenaphin, ibup, etc. Holy cow....I wasnt told to NOT take tylenol PM's....after I have been off the pain meds of course fyi. but i've taken a few pm'Rs ....I'll be sure to contact my NS's nurse on Monday.

    Sunny, I just had my 1 month post op. And everything was okay apart from my weakA$$ left arm. Glad to hear you had a good checkup.

  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    Glad things were okay at your checkup--except your arm. What did they say about it? Are you going to need physical therapy? I hope that you regain the strength in your arm. So far I think my muscle is improving in mine..it still has a way to go but hopefully it'll get even better.

    Tylenol isn't an NSAID. It works differently as it contains acetaminophen I think. I take Tylenol sometimes with Tramadol just not with hydrocodone apap cause it contains acetaminophen. (hope I spelled that right!)

    I hope you continue to improve and regain strength. It's very early in your recovery yet. Take it easy and don't overdo things. (Do as I say not as I do haha)

  • I would say that my surgery has been a success. :-)
    The awful sciatica in both legs has gone and the lower back pain I was getting is mostly gone.

    I am getting various pains and tingles in my toes, feet and lower legs, but nothing like before. Not sure if these are being caused by my lumbar spine, cervical spine (have been told it might be this) or just healing nerves. I think the healing nerve theory is probably wrong after 8 1/2 months! Who knows though. I do get a strange slipping sensation over my fusion lately (last couple of months). That worries me rather. I am wondering if I should phone my surgeon. I have mentioned it to my GP who didn't seem too worried about it! If I was getting pain at the same time, I would speak to my surgeon. I wonder if anyone with loose hardware has felt this slipping without pain.

    Much earlier in my recovery, I had all sorts or problems with my incision and pains all over the place. Things have settled down well, and I can manage to do most 'normal' things now without flaring up pain. After an incision that wouldn't close properly and then got an infection, it is all healed up now, fairly flat at last (after having quite a 'step' in it), and is now fading nicely. (I have been using Bio-Oil on it.)

    My physiotherapist has been wonderful! He is great for my morale (always telling me how well I am doing) and he has helped me as to how to approach various tasks that I was struggling with. He specialises in spinal rehabilitation and getting spinal patients back to work.

    Now if only my neck and thoracic problems would fade away!!

    Keep healing Debbie :-) >:D<
  • Thanks for asking bout me Sunny....i'll keep it short. Dr was concerned about weakness of arm and coming out of surgery worse than I went in so to speak. PT if i've not improved by post op Jan 11th Dr visit. I'm using a 2 lb weight, (feels like 25lbs) and working my arm as much as tolerable. Stretching is huge as my muscles have shrunk and atrophy has taken it's toll. I try to stretch alot. Thank goodness for muscle memory yes. I'm glad your improving as well. It takes time, unfortunately for me.... the times seems to go by so slow. Tick..............................................................................................................................tock....as far as improvement.

    Be well sunny!
  • Great to hear that you are coming along well. As for the NSAIDs and your NS's assistant's reply - I too would let your NS know what she said.

    While I sort of agree that you probably didn't do any damage with that pop and pain, but your NS really should know about it, as other things could be going on vs hardware. Please keep us posted. *HUGZ*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Debbie,

    I third that I doubt you did anything when you heard the pop. Didn't they do x-rays to be sure everything was still correct? I know whenever I have a concern over something I may or may done, or have high pain following a surgery, he always does x-rays. Actually with this fusion this will be the least amount of checks they do looking at the fusion. While I am 5 months out already, from the 360 adding a level into my fusion, were still trying to get past the inflammation.

    I would suggest this to you on the hot flashes I just had a hormone panel run. They were run for many different reasons. But they can check your hormone levels to see if you could be out of balance and causing any issues. I went through my GP on the test to find out my surgeon said he would have run it had I informed him of the other issues, I was having. Also had a vitamin D re-run and still a bit low, so taking more of that in to encourage bone growth.

    AS far as the swallowing I posted in your other thread. You can do the swallowing test, but if your x-rays are coming in January I am not so sure I wouldn't wait the results out for those if they didn't take any on this appointment.

    Anyway sounds like your right on target keep the healing up and hopefully this will be all done with before you know it.
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    I don't think I did anything serious either. It did hurt pretty bad for a couple of days but then it got better. It really scared me at the time though. Every time it hurts my husband and son's first question is "what did you do now?" HEHE O:)

    Hope you have a good day.
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    I don't mean to say that she was wrong...maybe it's just an individual preference thing? She has always acted like the surgery is no more than pulling a tooth! Seriously. Of course, like I always tell them it doesn't hurt them a bit.

    Hope you have a good day.
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    What are you taking for the inflammation? Why do they think you're still dealing with it this far out?

    I wanted to ask about the hot flashes but since I didn't see the NS I just let it go. His PA is very young and acts like everything is normal so I don't like to complain. You know what I mean? How sometimes you feel like you're whining if you tell them things?

    I didn't have x-rays this time. I'll have them before my next visit. I'm sure everything is normal and I just get to impatient. Other than the things I've mentioned (which is enough!) though I feel great. The spasms finally let up (unless I do something to tick off those muscles :D )I'm really pleased so far with the results of the surgery.

    Hope you're doing good today.
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