Hi everyone. I had c6/7 ACDF on 9/23.. At first when I went home I was just mainly experiencing incision pain, trouble swallowing, etc. I was put on percocet along with the muscle relaxer I take.
I have had to call my NS's nurse practitioner twice to get more pain meds. One was a 7 day supply, another a 5 day (which means I'm out as of today). I know I overdid it a few times early (wk 1) in recovery- but quickly realized that was a bad idea and I needed to not do certain things. I am now noticing that not only is there some muscular pain and tightness (which I'm used to) going on, but there is pain when I try to move my neck in certain ways, a different type of pain than pre op going down my right arm, and pain in my neck and head when I lift anything.. and now I'm sleeping 12 hrs/day which is completely out of the ordinary for me. Even immediately post op.
I know I'm super early in recovery- my NS isn't seeing me til 10/18.. But I feel bad about having to call again for meds. I'm being as honest as possible with them, and when I call tomorrow I'm going to list the new pain, ask if I should come in sooner, etc.. I guess my questions are:
Do you think I've done something to reinjure myself?
How long have other ppl been on narcotics?
Any info/experience/insight would be awesome.
Thanks so much!