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Fever with Recovery/Angry with Hospital

I just recently went through my 3rd back surgery, which was my second fusion. The microdisectomy that I went through for my first surgery went fine, and I did not have much pain during the recovery phase of my ALIF at l5/s1.I am only 29 years old with 4 kids, and I am worried that I may not be able to do much with them when they get older. It has been only 4 days since I had my posterior fusion, but it seems like I am constantly running a fever ranging from 99 to 100.2 degrees. I did not have the best experience in the hospital this time as well. They only kept me there for one night, and that entire night I did not have one nurse come and check on me or give me pain meds. When I went through my ALIF they had me hooked up to a pain pump and I was constantly being checked on. But this time, I had to try and get a hold of the nurse to get my meds. I had pushed the button to get the nurses attention, but it ended up going to the hospital operator and they had to find the nurse. After all of this I find out that I am having some trigeminal heart arythmia that they found during the surgery. Evidently my heart is beating too fast even during relaxation. It averages around 114 beats per minute while laying down. I am on new meds for this, but this also has me worried. My blood panel ended up showing that there is no reason for my heart to run like this. But, back to my back. Should I be worried about the slight fever that I am running, or should I get a hold of someone as soon as possible? I know that this surgery creates a lot of stress on my body, and this could cause a fever. I just need some advice to help me with this since I do not know anyone that has been through anything like this.

Thanks for your time. :S


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 07/13/2013 - 10:23 PM
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • You should have some discharge instructions from the hospital regarding how high your temp can go before you need to call your surgeon. I think that technically 100.4 is considered a "fever". Keep an eye on it and take some Tylenol. I spiked a fever (102) when I was in the hospital in April. They had somebody in my room in about 10 minutes to do an ultrasound on my legs, checking for blood clots and they got a chest x-ray immediately following the u/s. Thankfully the fever was gone by morning and didn't return. Being Sunday I'd try to avoid the emergency room, if it doesn't get higher you could probably wait until Monday morning to call your surgeon.
    Lumbar laminectomy L-4/L-5, 2006
    XLIF with posterior pedicle screws L-4/L-5, 4-23-2013
  • I'm not a doctor... but if it were me, I'd call the surgical nurse in the morning and let her know what your temperatures have been. **Usually** anything under 101 is not considered a true issue... if your fever hits 101 I'd call the surgeon's office and speak to someone on call...and if it spikes over that I'd go to the ER. Again, not a doctor...

    Best of luck healing.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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