Im Sarah. I had a c5-6 total disc replacement 3 days ago. I am getting better but still very sore. My doctor has given me the impression that I should be feeling fantastic with minimal pain and full range of motion. But that doesnt seem to be the case. I was in a lot of pain the minute i came out of surgery and it never really got that much better while i was in the hospital 1 night stay. I asked for more pain meds and the doctor said i was on the highest dose. He offered 1 mg morphine every 2 hours as needed. But nothing really helped. The meds brought on a headache vs. relieve the muscle pain in the back of the neck, shoulders and down the back. I was so out of it the first day after surgery. But when I saw the doctor the next day he was surprised to hear i hadn't been up walking around. He noted a women down the hall had the same surgery and was feeling great. he was sort of a jerk. and it didnt help I had a horrible nurse who was working a double shift. So my doctor has told me I need to get my tolerance to pain meds under control before he will do a PLIF on my L4/L5.
Its 3 days later and I am feeling better, but my neck and shoulders still hurt. Its painful to move my neck up/down/left/right. my muscles feel really tight. I am wondering if anyone else had high level of pain after surgery or similar pain after their total disc replacement.