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Post c6c7 Surgery Pain


I had two large herniations removed c6c7 two weeks ago. The Dr. said it would be minimally invasive. I really don't agree with that now the surgery is over. I spent 3 days in the hospital and I've been off work 3 weeks. I will go back only for 1/2 days for a while. This is very hard to deal with since I'm a typical two job worker always on the go, who loves to live life to the fullest and go out all the time.

Anyone please tell me how long this will take to heal? I already started Physical therapy in my second week. I'm in terrible pain and my Dr. wants to ween me off pain meds already. I don't agree at all. I tried weening and was in terrible pain. The pain is not the incision so much, but a constant throbbing pain in my neck as if my head is a bowling ball. I also get a stabbing burning pain to the right of the incision if I move wrong. I may have overdone it this week, my therapist says I need more rest and at least two-1 hour naps a day. Which I'm seriously have been napping. But I'm already trying to clean and do laundry. I ice/heat several times a day and sleep with a heating pad. I'm also working on my isometric stretches already. My belief is to keep moving. Sleep is very hard for me now, it really hurts at night.

What's your advice for a depressed gal?



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  • tamtamttamtam Posts: 2,749
    edited 06/15/2013 - 2:58 PM
    First let me say welcome to spine-health. It sounds as though your over doing things a bit. I disagree with your doctor making you think the surgery was no big deal as it is. You had major surgery and the structure and function of your neck has been changed forever, not a bad thing, but you need time to adjust. It is great your up and moving about, however you shouldn't be lifting over 8 lbs as of yet and probably not till the 6 week mark. Doing laundry and lifting heavy wet clothes out of the washing machine is not the best thing you can be doing. You will find yourself needing more rest also, that is your body trying to recover. Also it might not be the pain meds your in need of the most but other things like a good muscle relaxer, might also help. Sometimes one medication is not the best thing but works best in combo with something else. Most of us whom have under gone cervical surgery find the muscle relaxers do the most work.

    It is okay to push yourself, but you also need to learn to listen you to your body. Keep in mind, that sometimes what is causing the pain is not what we are doing at the moment, but what we have done several hours prior. Also lots of cervical patients find it more comfortable to sleep in a recliner if you don't have one, set your bed up to keep that position giving your neck more support. As I said I wouldn't be pushing the laundry gig yet, and also wouldn't be stretching your neck out, any at this point and time. Your neck needs to fuse which could take up to 6 months, not that you will be in pain till it does, but that your neck is still healing. I would keep the lifting down, without a doubt, and realize you had major surgery and your neck is going to take sometime to heal.
  • Thanks for answering and all your great advice. My Dr. did not fuse, he went in posteriorly. I think it's suppose to fuse together from scar tissue from what I understand. He wanted me in Physical Therapy the first week. They are minimal movements- yes/no, and downward. I do wish I had a maid but a single gal has to do laundry/and clean. I'll definitely do lighter loads and more often so I'm not lifting. And my home will have to be messier for a while.

    Thanks for all your info on healing and making me understand this is major surgery. I'm going to buy a recliner, I agree I think that will help me sleep. I'm not a great sleeper to begin with, but I am resting a lot and will continue to do so.

  • I had a ACDF C4-6 on June 17th. I find that a muscle relaxer and oxycodone right before bed helps to sleep and stay asleep. I usually am a light sleeper but have found for me laying on back with pillow under knees is really comfortable or to lay on my side with a flat pillow. Everyday the muscle pain is getting better and better. I have a weight restriction of 5-10 pounds for 3 months. Think by doing lighter loads will be much better. Think the hardest part of healing is going to be over doing it when feeling better.
    ACDF C4/5, C5-6
    June 17, 2013
  • Thanks countrygal. I've been taking muscle relaxers/norco at bedtime. After 1 month I can basically make on Naproxen during the day with naps and lots of resting. My Dr. said I could go back to work after 1 week, it's been a month and I'm still not ready. I've tried going back but I'm in worse pain. Two steps forward and four steps back. I'm definitely getting better but not where I'm pain free or even close to it. I'm the worst patient, I have no patience for healing.

    The recliner really helps me for watching tv. Since I have back issues I can't sleep on my back.

    Thanks for the tips when laying in bed, another pillow will be added.
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