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J3JJ3 Posts: 1
edited 04/29/2015 - 7:18 AM in Recovering from Surgery
My husband had surgery on Friday April 17. He had a tumor removed and a T8 and T9 laminectomy. He was discharged on Saturday the 18th. Needless to say he has been a most unpleasant and obstinate patient. He is no longer taking any pain meds except Tylenol and maybe a muscle relaxer at night. He has pain around the right side of his rib cage. He started driving (doctor OK'd) last week and is back at work. I can't get him to understand that he needs to give the muscles and bone time to heal. HE says he is not pushing himself and is doing what the doctor told him to do. Have any of you been this "advanced" in your recovery? Do you have any words of wisdom? His 6 week appointment isn't until later in May .

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  • RichardARRichardA Posts: 149
    edited 04/29/2015 - 9:43 AM
    Hi J3,

    I had surgery for a C6/7 ACDF on Saturday 18th April. Got discharged the following Monday with a regular pharmacy for the kitchen bench. Stopped all meds (including pain relief and muscle relaxers) Saturday 25 April. Have felt fantastic since stopping the meds. Am supposed to be back at work next week and feel like I could now, but giving it the extra time. My wife doesn't believe me but I feel great, and have meds available if I need them. Others on this forum have not been anywhere near so lucky, so I guess everyone is different.

    I think Im obstinate too - I let my wife know that it is my body and I know best for it based on how I feel. She says anything goes wrong and its my fault because I always have to test the boundaries and the limits....and I agree with her. But I still never get why she would say that...I already know that and she knows I know that.

    Its nice that you worry for him, but as a male, we do things and heed things differently to women sometimes and you just gotta let us do that sometimes! You can read more about my C6/7 ACDF Journey on the Surgery Recovery Forum.

    Love Rich
    C6/7 ACDF 18th April 2015 after 8 years of mucking around pretending it was something else...
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