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Post ACDF Surgery Pain Management

tolivettolive Posts: 1
edited 06/10/2015 - 8:02 AM in Chronic Pain
Hi! I had ACDF surgery for C5-c6 in May and my neurosurgeon is now sending me to a pain management clinic for chronic pain management. I have had nonstop pain that is worse at night in my right arm, hand and shoulder. Still am very weak in my right arm (and in left to a lesser degree). I am taking about 90 oxycodones every 9 days or so! Does anyone else have such severe pain? I walk about 3 miles every day and before the herniated disc that was pressing on my spinal cord (due to car accident) I use to go to the gym and ride 8-10 miles about 6 days per week! After I walk (which I do every day because I refuse to not get some form of exercise) I am in horrible pain. My neck hurts, I have even more nerve pain in my arms - it is awful. Does anyone else have this type of pain? I also wonder what the pain management clinic will say or do to help? I am having a CT scan this week to see what is going on with the hardware, hopefully it is fine. But I am very curious about how pain management works? I don't want to just be in pain (I honestly can't it is too unbearable) and I also don't want to keep taking this much pain medication. I am 42 years old and want my life back.


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  • So the pain wouldn't be classified as chronic at this stage of your recovery. You are taking an extraordinarily high amount of pain meds, 90 tablets in 9 days is way too high of a dosage. Opiates do little to nothing for nerve pain. The pain management doctor will probably reduce the amount of opiates you are taking, perhaps add a nerve pain medication and possibly some muscle relaxants and anti inflammatory medications.
    You may want to consider that you also may be in flaming the pain by doing things too soon for where you are recovery wise. Walking should be part of your recovery but not "excercise " type yet.
    Nerve pain commonly flares post op, and then improves over time and the nerve pain medications are far more helpful when dealing with that type of pain.
    One thing that you need to be aware of, is that pain management is not like your surgeon. Taking medications exactly as prescribed is required ,and running through medications so fast will get you dismissed, so it is important that you read and understand the contract you will likely be asked to sign , and ask any questions about the medications or prescribing directions when you see the doctor.

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