On 12/19/11 I had a Posterior and Anterior 3 level cervical fusion (C4-7) with bone taken from my hip. I have been watcching these posts for a couple of months now and haven't seen a lot of posts on this type of surgery.
I have been in a lot of pain since the surgery which my doc says is normal. In the first 3 weeks after surgery I fell 3 times. Doc ordered a MRI with contrast and states it looked good-no damage done. He states he used plated in the fron, cages and rods in the back, and a total of 16 screws. It was determined that the falls were caused by my body's negative reaction to narcotic pain meds and Valium which were changed.
Anyway, this morning while I was home alone (I still have a hard time doing most anything) I couldn't find the remote for the TV. For those who spend time in front of the TV killing time, you can understand I was determined to find it. I knelt down and was searching everywhere. Well, again I fell on my hip where the graft was taken. Not only did that hurt but I also became brutaly aware of the pain in my neck. I realized that even with the hard color on I was turning my head everywhere looking for the remote. I don't have any pain going down my arms. But my neck is in a lot of pain. I have been taking it easy today but have still had to take more pain meds than before.
Please post any thoughts or advice. I am really interested in hearing from anyone who had incisions on both front and back for a 3 level fusion. With 3 levels, how long will I feel this bad? I was hoping to get back to work in 2 weeks.
And by the way, I have called the doc numerous times. He and his nurse are the best and have talked me through many crying spells. They remind me this was a major surgery and it will take time.