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Temperature of approx 100 degrees after 3 level ALIF.

DonnabeDDonnabe Posts: 597
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:58 AM in Recovering from Surgery

My mom had a 3 level ALIF on Tuesday. She has had a temperature fluxuating from 99.5 to 100.5 ever since about 12 hours post op. She got home from the hospital on Thursday. The doctor thinks it is from her thyroid but it is still not going away. We are going to call her surgeon and endocrineologist on Monday. I am not expecting anyone to give medical advice... I am just wondering if anyone ever had a similar experience after the procedure.

ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg


  • You are wise to consult the doctor.

    That said, make sure she is doing her deep breathing and coughing to clear secretions. Often patients will run a fever within a day of surgery due to the lungs not fully expanding. When we are in pain and laying in bed, we often don't keep our lungs fully inflated, and we sure as heck don't like to cough, because it's painful to do so. She may be trying to fight off pneumonia from not fully inflating her lungs and clearing secretions.

    Don't take this as a diagnosis, because her fever could absolutely have another cause. But there is never any harm done from making sure she is doing her deep breathing and coughing. That is always a great thing to do post op.

    Please keep us posted on her progress.
  • She is coughing but barely......... She tries to breathe deep but it is most definately not deep. She won't take pain medications. Of course last night her pain got so bad she was delerious and at that point my dad forced her to take a percocet. It was either that or going to the ER (We were up all night- she even tried to go down the stairs and vaccum!). Then she started crying because we were mad at her! I keep telling her the importance of taking it before the pain gets bad. I seriously do not understand the anti pain med attitude. Why be in a lot of pain when it can be lessened. Tonight I am hoping she will take meds before going to bed and throughout the night. She has an EXTREMELY high pain tolerance... so when her pain gets bad it is beyond bad.
    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
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