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SSo my surgeon started tapering my pain meds 4 days ago, and I have developed some moderate withdrawal symptoms. But that's the least of my worries. I haven't been able to get an appetite since surgery, any other time that would be awesome but fusions need good nutrition to heal properly. I went to my PCP today and had lost almost 10 lbs since right before surgery and 6 from just this week. I went there because this morning I had extreme dizziness and thought I would pass out every time I stood up. Well he said that I am not eating nearly enough and don't have the normal electrolytes and vitamins in my body that's needed. I drink about 10-12 glasses of water a day and a bottle of Gatorade but when u eat so little, the amount that of fluids I'm drinking is flushing out the very little nutritious stuff that I'm consuming. But long story short I was told I could take vitamins but don't know much about them and want to see if others take them and what they recommend. I am going to force myself to eat more but need to know what to supplement with for overall health for body and for my fusion. BTW, I'm a 37 year old female if that matters in regards to proper vitamin taking. No one could have ever prepared me for this surgery, not in a million years. Thanks for any info, help, and allowing me to vent once more. I seem to be doing a lot of that lately. Just sometimes wonder when I'm gonna get over that hump. It's one good day, followed by two bad. But I'm sure I'll get there eventually. Love this forum and so thankful I found it.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,865
    edited 04/17/2015 - 6:24 PM
    Changes after any spinal surgery. Loss of appetite is just one of them. Drinking lots of water is good so you are doing great there.

    As far as recommendations about which vitamin, I am sure you are going to get dozens of response, each one probably with their favorite.

    But I suggest you go to a professional. Not one of those large vitamin stores, but instead to your pharmacy. Consult withe pharmacist, talk about your surgery, your current situation and let them come up what will probably be best for you.
    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
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