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7 days post op

I decided to go through with surgery, it has been the hardest time of my life. The pain is horrible, not just the pain but it's so hard to get comfortable. I had my procedure in Iowa city iowa, they operated on t4 to L4. Has anyone had a similar procedure and if so could you share how you got comfortable? They say to add a lot of pillows but that doesn't seem to help. Muscle relaxers are amazing but once they wear off I feel like a log literally. Please share any post surgery advice.

Thank you :)


  • I had this done in August. I know exactly what you mean by not being able to get comfortable after surgery. In the hospital, I had about 2 or 3 pillows under my back and head, one under my knees and one under each side so my full weight did not hit the mattress. After a while, I turned to my side, the back propped up with another pillow. Every position only worked for a short time. I was miserable for a few days, yet I had no pain, per se. I iced my back several times a day. I only got comfortable when I came home, here I have a zero-gravity lift chair, and a 3" thick memory foam mattress topper. What a difference! But time also helps, once the swelling goes down, it gets easier. So don't give up, little-little you will notice the improvements.
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