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question please

Wow I have been a long time trying to figure the boards out. I had posterior cervical decompression fusion of c2 c3 c4, 4 weeks ago on Feb 7th. I still have some pain and take 2 or 3 Tylenol #3 a day. I was on 12 Tylenol # 3 the first week after surgery. Does this seem normal? How long does the pain last for posterior?
My family doctor's receptionist seems to think I should be off all pain meds.I don't have a collar so my head is moving some but not a lot.
I see my neuro in 6 more weeks and then PT. Hope everyone in Feb is doing good. I hope this shows up on the form. hugs jinky


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,862
    Any spinal surgery with or without fusion takes time to heal.

    First you have to deal with the post surgical pain
    Then when that stops, you are dealing with the normal recovery pain
    Finally its the pain you get the ups/downs from that point on.

    There isn't any set formula that can tell you when the pain should stop and when you no longer need medications.

    When you speak to the doctor's receptionist, ask her for her credentials and where does she put the name Dr in front of her name! If that same message came from the doctor, then you at least know its a medical opinion. Its always best to talk to the doctor one on one. There could be reasons when are still in pain needing pain medication.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • because of the lay out of the board....almost 73 and find it so confusing.....know it is just me.....thanks for everything jinky
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