I had C4-C6 ACDF on Jan 23 so I'm just over 4 weeks out since surgery. I really needed C6-C7 done as well but my NS said he didn't feel comfortable doing it at my age (32). Anyways I went to my 2 week post op and was doing pretty good, I saw my NS assisting or student not sure what shes considered. I did tell her I was having quite a bit of pain in my right shoulder and arm still, same pain as before the surgery. At first she said it was how they strapped my shoulder down but then said if its nerve pain it could take up to a year for the nerves to regenerate. Which I knew was a possibility.
I'm on robaxin 750 mg every 6 hrs and norco 10/325. Initially they had me taking 1-2 every 4-6 hrs and at 2 weeks she dropped me down to 1 every 6 hrs. Which I wanted to drop down because part of the reason I wanted the surgery was to hopefully get my pain down and get off all the meds. I know from reading on this forum that you shouldn't have surgery for that reason but hey I can hope right. Even my NS said he thought it would help with that, as well as get the discs off my nerves and spinal cord.
I've really been struggling though because my pain has been up there since my follow up. Both shoulders still hurt and i have a pain that goes up the back right side of my neck into my head as well as daily headaches. I use a heat pad daily and have been doing my best to tough it out. I have an appt in about a week and a half for a 6 week post op and x-ray. But I'm debating on calling to see about an earlier appt. I have 4 children and have been taking care of them on my own since 1week post op as well as grocery shopping and other stuff. My husband tries to help as much as possible but I dont have a lot of family to help out. Is this just to be expected and I'm just being a baby or should I call my NS and express how much I'm struggling and hurting? Some days I just want to cry from frustration and pain among other feelings. I'm really worried I might have compromised my healing by doing so much so soon. And I'm wondering if I should talk to him about a nerve pain medication. He is 2 hours away so just going in isn't an option but I'm sure they would try an earlier appointment if needed. Any opinions? Sorry this was so long.