I am new to Spine Health and have enjoyed reading the many articles and posts. I am not sure if this is the right forum for me but I am scheduled for a C4-5, C5-6 posterior foraminotomy and Fusion on 12/22/2011. I had an anterior fusion 2 years ago and there is a slight question whether it fused adequately. I have rheumatoid arthritis which is throughout my spine from C1 down so I guess I need to get used to having cervical surgery. I just went through a very successul radial frequency ablation on my lumbar spine after years of severe pain.
I have read and heard that this posterior foraminotomy surgery is going to be very difficult and painful so I thought that it might be a good idea to be connected with Spine Health.com for some information & support. Quite frankly, I'm a little scared. I have heard that the pain is very severe for the first 3 weeks and that strong muscle relaxers are needed.
I have taken strong pain meds for a very long time and am concerned that my tolerance is very high making pain management difficult. I met with the PA but not with my surgeon to ask him to reassure me that he will adequately manage my pain. I have a problem throwing up when I take too many pain pills and then I can't take anything until my stomach settle. Of course this is not good after c-spine surgery. What muscle relaxers have others found to be most helpful?
Your information is invaluable. Thanks,