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AlecAAlec Posts: 5
edited 07/11/2015 - 7:25 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi guys, my name is Alec and I'm 18 years old. I recently had spinal fusion on July 1st of 2015. It's getting to the 2 week mark and I just have a couple questions

1. When will the pain start to diminish, were I can be comfortable sitting for longer periods of time, be able to start to be normal again?

2. When will I start to sleep all the way through the night, I have to wake up and walk around for a while even when on all my meds and it's exhausting and I just want a good nights rest.

Any other advice would be amazing and much appreciated

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  • Hi Alec,

    I too had surgery on July 1st and am up all night as well. Everyone is different with healing time. You and me are only 10 days post op. Get as much rest as you can and don't push yourself!
  • AlecAAlec Posts: 5
    edited 07/11/2015 - 8:38 PM
    If you don't mind me asking where did you have your surgery? I had mine at xxxxx , hope you have a great recovery as well, keep in touch?

    Post edited to remove name of specific medical facility
  • BlessedMom74BBlessedMom74 Posts: 322
    edited 07/12/2015 - 6:57 AM
    I am 10 weeks post op and I am sorry to inform you that about 1-2 times a week I still have nights where I cant sleep through the night. Most nights I do ok, but couple times a week, especially after doing too much, I am up all night, I can't find a comfortable position because everything makes me hurt, so I get out of bed, take my hot packs with me and sit on the sofa in my living room, after I wander the house for a while. And that is with a muscle relaxer in my system.
    10 weeks post op I am still having a lot of muscle spasms and some pain. Unfortunately as my activity level increased, so did the muscle spasms. According to my surgeon, that is all normal and part of the recovery process.
    So it does get better, I don't know when it goes away completely, I know people who are 16 weeks post op and still have a bad night or two a week. We just need to continue to be patient.
  • I'm in Chicago alec. I actually had an artificial disc replacement. Yesterday I went out with my family and was gone most of the day. I ended up home in pain, nerve pain Down my left arm pretty bad. I, like you, cannot wait to feel human again and just do simple things without pain.
  • AlecAAlec Posts: 5
    edited 07/12/2015 - 8:44 AM
    Thanks for the replies and I'm right there with you, I want to be able to do things without pain, come home and actually get some rest. Do you guys find it hard to stay in one spot for to long? I can't sit in a spot for more than about 15mins without getting uncomfortable
  • Alec,

    I shift constantly. Get up and move around if you can. You heal better if you move. At night is when I have the hardest time. I had my best night's sleep last night. Take advantage of you pain meds at night. You do all of your repairing at night while you sleep which is why rest is so important. I myself get extremely ancy during the day and want to do things. So, I try to go for short walks, just do over do it. You are young which is great for healing. You will do great!
  • I am 6.5 weeks post op and can't stay in the same position for very long either! I also struggle with sleeping through the night still because I constantly have to change positions! I pray that you are feeling better very soon!!!
    L5-S1 Emergency PLIF Revision May 26th 2015
    L5-S1 PLIF May 22nd 2015.
    L5-S1 Discectomy Feb 27th 2015.
    L5-S1 Discectomy Oct 30th 2014.
  • How is your guys pain levels?, and thank you for replying on my topic, it means a lot and helps knowing there's people out there to support you, I wish you guys the same fast and healthy recovery
  • Yes staying in one position too long is painful. I tried going to a movie and sitting for two hours was very uncomfortable. I even paid extra to go to the theaters that have recliners. Light movement is the best. However, as my activity increases so have the muscle spasms. I will be 11 weeks post op ACDF C4/5 tomorrow. I still need muscle relaxers daily and pain meds a out every other day. In my case I had my pinched nerve for 19 months so while the surgery was successful it will take longer for me to be completely pain free due to nerve taking longer to heal.
    I find that with spine surgery recovery is really a roller coaster. Two steps forward, one step back. That seems to be the common thread. You're very early in the recovery game. Wish I could tell you I'm pain free and doing great, but I'm not quite there yet. Hang in there. Be patient.
  • HeIlo
    I too have a hard time sleeping at night and finding a comfortable position the pain is worse at night for me and I get very little sleep each night maybe 3 to 4 hours tops. I had a spinal fusion as well.

    I have a burning feeling in my feet especially at night I am told this is normal right aftersurgery. I'm told to be patient in this could take several weeks to months to a remedy itself. Good luck to you and keep me posted I will do the same
  • I sill have to take hydrocodone very 8 hours as well as my muscle relaxers. My pain is about a 6 every day. But today I have been in horrific pain were it is basically at a 8!! Ice packs have helped me with swelling and pain! I am still very swollen around my incision. I pray that it goes away soon. I that y'all are pain free soon!!
    L5-S1 Emergency PLIF Revision May 26th 2015
    L5-S1 PLIF May 22nd 2015.
    L5-S1 Discectomy Feb 27th 2015.
    L5-S1 Discectomy Oct 30th 2014.
  • Just a little update, things seem to be getting better little by little, it's still very rough but I'm not using pain meds as much, still wake up during the night cause of stiffness but hopefully that will go away soon. How is everyone else doing? Every one has good and bad days keep your heads up
  • Yesterday was the 1st day that I didn't take any pain meds, not even to sleep. I still have to sleep on the couch or I will turn over in my sleep. .not good. The nerve pain is getting better. The only medicine I take on a regular schedule is my ibuprofen to help keep my bones from fusing together. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the nerve pain keeps dwindling.
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