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crizteaccriztea Posts: 7
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello. I am scheduled to have surgery in October. I am wondering what to expect after I wake up from surgery. I am so nervous. I have numbness,tingling, and burning in my right arm and hand and also pain in my right shoulder blade. It feels like I have a huge knot there. I have also lost mobility to turn my neck to the right side. I have tried all other options, Chiropractic, Pt, Epidural injections and nothing has helped so far. Please tell me if u have have this surgery and if you think it helped. Thank you for your time.



  • Hello Criztea;
    I just had my surgery done last Friday. The expectations are different from person to person. My surgery went well, however I did experience vommiting after surgery and into the next day. The first treatment for nausea didn't help so they gave me composine which worked well. I had a soar throat from the tubing, but eating ice chips and drinking water all night helped a lot. I have very little pain and so far all is well. I go back Monday for an xray and office visit.
    I hope you do well with yours.
  • Hi Christi - I'm just about 4 weeks post op now. When I woke up I was very groggy. My husband and daughter were trying to talk to me, I kept falling asleep. Once that wore off, I needed pain meds. I told them that the pain meds I've been on oxycodon and hydrocodon made me have much nausea. My doc instead put me on hydromorphone. He also gave me a med for nausea (not compazine as that gives me lock jaw). I was on 2 mg every 4 hrs at first, but I was still hurting a bunch. I made enough noise to finally have my nurse (she was horrible) call the doc and he doubled my pain meds. I did ask for ice in a pouch and put that on the back of my neck - it really helped! As to throat, it burned bad for 3 days. Sore throat stuff didn't help much, only chewing on ice. Day 4 it started with the lump in the throat feeling and constant swallowing. I got lucky as that only lasted about 4 days. Now I just have some food/pills get stuck half way down the throat. I always keep liquid nearby when I eat. Doc says it is the windpipe laying next to the top of my plate (Im c4-c7) I can definitely see as they days go by it is getting better. I still use applesauce to get down the large pills so they don't get stuck.

    Best thing for healing - get stool softners and take them when using the pain meds. And my husband found me a used hospital bed on craigslist for $150. I never had a time I couldn't get comfortable. I'm still sleeping in it now, but I'll be making the transition to a normal bed in the next day or so. Some people use recliners to sleep in, or at least a wedge. Laying down is very painful at first. And I always have a heating pad on my back at night.

    Good luck with your upcoming surgery!

  • Hi Christi
    I am new to the forum and had a 2 level fusion last week. i've had lots of knee surgery so knew to expect nausea and the nureses can give you any number of pills/injections to help that. Get what you can as soon as you feel sick because it's scarey to vom with a sore neck.Extended grogginess can be due to low blood pressure so drink lots of water and eat as soon as you can to help with that. It always takes me 3 days to recover from general anaesthetic. The sensation that you have a golfball in your throat is pretty uncomfortable but it has reduced a little each day. Be sure to have lots of cold drinks and soft food for a week or so afterwards, and don't forget to put straws on your pre-op shopping list. Reading posts on this forum suggest that everyone's experience is different and for me, the fusion itself feels great...much less pain than I had anticipated, dramtic reduction in the pre-op pain I was in previously and a really invisible scar with not much bruising and only moderate swelling. I'm sure a good surgeon has a lot to do with all this but all in all for me it has been a MUCH more positive experience than I anticipated. Good luck and I hope it all goes really well for you. Juju
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