Hi. I am new to the forums & am having ACDF on Fri 9/23/11. I am super nervous about pain management after surgery (I have had a terrible time trying to get medication that works for the past few mos) and am also married with 2 teenage stepsons..
I'm 28 so I'm relatively young to be having the problems I have but have seen younger people post on this site. For the most part, my family relies on me to keep the house running as far as cleaning, chores, groceries etc.. I am wondering what I should expect after surgery assuming all goes as planned, and what I can possibly tell my husband & kids to prepare them for me coming home etc. I have read the list of post surgery must haves & plan on putting that together before I go in on Friday. I just want to be able to give my family a heads up as far as what I won't be able to do when I get home so they aren't in shock with increased work load & so I don't have to micro manage the house from my bed. (yelling out chores from my room really doesn't sound appealing or stress free to me).
I am a control freak and am already doing things i shouldn't be doing as far as lifting & carrying- but I plan on not doing any of that after surgery as I want the fusion to work & want to start healing asap. I am a smoker & havent quit yet because I'm so dammed stressed out- but am preparing myself to quit after surgery to help the fusion etc. I am not about to put more pressure on myself however.
To sum it all up the info I would greatly appreciate is 1- what people have done for pain mgmt after surgery (do they send you home with meds? What type?) and 2- what can i do to prepare my family for my recovery time?
Surgeon says 2wks I should be good to go. I have also read that a lot of ppl hear that & they take longer. He also said no collar will be necessary. It's a c 6/7 microdiscectomy with cadaver bone & plate w screws. Pending all goes well, surgery will be first thing in am & I will go home the next day. Am afraid of meds they will give me while I'm in the hospital- would also like to know what ppl were given while they were in the hospital as well.
Thanks so much everyone. I really appreciate any info I can get.