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Pain levels before and after fusion surgery?

mrsann_lonmmrsann_lon Posts: 2
edited 07/20/2015 - 9:10 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I know everyone's circumstances are different. I am about to have surgery, c4 c5 fusion. What was your average pain level ( 1 - 10 ) before surgery, the day after surgery, and now? In what ways did your surgery help or not?


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  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 552
    edited 07/21/2015 - 1:47 AM
    I had this surgery in 2013. The initial surgery really wasn't that bad? I had soreness in my neck & some muscle spasms. My most pain came from my throat. It was very difficult to swallow for maybe the first week? To me, it felt like I had strep throat. The hospital ordered me throat spray. That helped. I drank cold drinks & ate ice a lot.
    I was up walking around within hours of surgery. I spent one night in the hospital & was discharged the next day. I didn't have to wear a collar. I had a couple of steri strips over my incision.
    Unfortunately, my neck didn't fuse and I ended up have a posterior fusion surgery in 2014.
    When is your surgery? There is a forum on here that talks about "must haves" before surgery. Read through theses posts. There are lots of good tips in there.
    I wish you a successful surgery!
  • Garrett_85GGarrett_85 Posts: 180
    edited 07/21/2015 - 10:02 AM
    I had the coflex implants put in in may it's a milder form of fusion my pain before the surgery was up and down usually between a 5 and a 9 depending on the day after the surgery I was at about a 7 or 8 but they kept on top of my pain pretty well never letting it get bad. Now I'm at about a constant 7 or 8 because I had a infection develope3 days after surgery and the Dr never really did anything for me for about 6 weeks and then finally did a clean out surgery. Since then I'm now 2 weeks out and they are thinking the nerves are damaged and inflamed which is causing the pain to be this high and I'm now looking for a pain management dr that will not belittle me like the one I was seeing before my surgery who would tell me because I was taking pain meds that I was stupid and the dr that had me on them was stupid and no one should ever be on them for more then a week endless they where older and all he wanted to do was give me injections knowing that at the time would cost me about a thousand or so dollars due to my insurance deductible going way up
  • mrsann_lonmmrsann_lon Posts: 2
    edited 07/22/2015 - 3:28 AM
    @Motor1 My surgery is this Thursday, I'm a bit nervous and curious as to how I will feel afterwards. My pain level is also up and down, lately it has been 5-7. Injections did help me quite a bit and my pain level was usually between 2-6, (as long as I avoided certain activities, like sitting..., etc. ) however I had a lot more good days then bad during that time. I was very thankful for what injections did for me during that time, however now the pain has come back and I'm not used to it like I was before and I am not tolerating it well. That is why I have decided to go ahead with surgery because I don't want to be hurting like this and I also don't want to always be going back for injections forever. I'm hoping that surgery is the answer and in a few months I will be feeling a lot better.

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  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 552
    I also had several rounds of injections. They never worked for me. Because I was injured at work, I had to follow their protocol.
    Make sure you understand & follow your surgeons discharge instructions.
    You need to understand that having surgery might not get rid of your pain. Surgery is to fix the issues in your neck. Some people have had a relief from the pain, some have not.
    I hope you get some relief. Let us know how the surgery went.
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