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post surgery for C5-6 anterior discectomy with spur shaving and cage

radiomamarradiomama Posts: 4
edited 08/22/2015 - 7:00 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Day 11 post op

This is harder than I thought.
I am concenned that I won't feel well enough to go back to work on Day 16 --this coming wednesday.

Right after surgery---
I felt pain in my right side of neck and rt arm ---which I didn't feel before surgery. It was my left aide which was affected by the hernated disc.
That has subsided now.
Mostly the pain is related to weakness holding neck up. Just can't seem to relax my neck. I've had little incision pain, not much.
Lump in throat, trouble swallowing has pretty much subsided. Probably took a week

I felt so good on day 9 that I swept the kitchen floor. I think that was a mistake as I felt in pain the next day and took
oxycodone, which I hadn't taken snce Monday, Day 6. Today I feel better and I am getting by on Tramadol although I can still feel the pain. ..it's just not horrible.
I didn't attempt to sleep on my side until Day 7. It scares me but I do it for a little while.
I don't ;like the pain meds, I have a headache/nausea reaction. I have a Zorfran patch behind my ear.

I am worried that I have runed my surgery. It may ust be paranoia but it is hard to keep neck neutral. Sometimes, without my soft collar off, I forget and find myself looking down or to the side.

Has anyone else felt these things?

My surgery was the result of a hit and run accident almost two years ago. I got whiplash twice , after she hit me into the truck in front of me. I was at a red light.
She took off after staying for a little bit. She said she would be arrested if she stayed. I got her license plte number but it wasn't her car because in a dr. license lineup, I didn't see her face. The woman who the car was registered to no longer lived at the address of car registration. They got away with the whole thing. Alternative methods f fixing arm pain weren't working. MRI showed crushed sic. narrowing of fluid. I finally decided to do the surgery. It is just one level so I am hopeful. But again, this is a tough recovery. I don't know how long until I feel like my old self again. I have 3 kids and my husband has been great , and I am trying to relax.

thanks for reading.

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  • Did your doc say you could go back to work at day 16? That's kind of crazy, in my opinion. I had a more intense surgery, but guidelines are similar for other surgeries - I did two weeks of absolutely nothing - and especially not repetitive things like sweeping the floor. Then for the next four weeks, I did very mild duties. I was supposed to go back to work at 6 weeks, but went back at 8 weeks.
    On here, I read very rarely people going back to work at 2-4 weeks, but that is few and far between. Is there any way you can stay home longer? I think what you're going through is *very* normal.

    ACDF w/Corpectomy C3-6 12/8/14 ; Laminectomy C3-6  5/19/2016

  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 552
    You didn't say what type of job you have, but I agree with TWynnB. I think that may be too soon?
    Have you had a post op appointment with your doctor? It would be best to check with him first.
  • i did have my 2 week appointment and x ray--which only showed that everything was aligned properly --the nurse practicioner said they wouldn't see any fusion until 12 weeks at least.
    my doctor (nureosurgeon) was not at this appointment! i was disappointed.
    the na cleard me for work but left it completely up to me.
    i felt she was sort of blase about all of it.
    i told her about pain numbness and tingling and she didn't seem phased.
    i have hd very good days and very painful days ince then but not lots.
    i have been working about 5-6 hours a day =desk work - phone work---
    i try not to move the head. i wear my oft collar here and ther but she tld me to wean from it.
    is this because it was one level? i had spasms this afternoon even though this morning i felt fine.
  • I was in the same type accident. I was at a red light and got rear ended so hard I hit the car in front of me, double whiplash. By the time I had surgery it had been 19 months after the car accident. I had a torn ligament and badly herniated disc at C4/5.
    2.5 weeks after surgery I was in the back yard and I tripped on my hose and jostled myself. Hurt so bad, I thought for sure I messed things up. As my surgeon said to me, it's hard to do any damage when you have a titanium plate holding you all together. So if you have a plate, I wouldn't worry about it too much.
    It's pretty normal for this type of surgery to have pain come and go and change sometimes with no apparent cause. It's the roller coaster recovery I call it.
    Don't feel bad, I am 16 weeks post op and still need pain meds and muscle relaxers through out the week, especially since I began PT.
  • I think we have all gone and done something we thought was okay, only to end up feeling is if our neck has been stuffed up again and we have somehow undone the surgeon's good work. I used to think like that until the doctor told me that it was pretty difficult to actually push the new disc out when it has been bolted / screwed into your vertebrae!

    So don't worry buddy...but take it easy nonetheless. The recovery on this surgery is a rollercoaster and you will often feel more capable than you really are...until you've done what you thought you were capable of!

    Take care.

    C6/7 ACDF 18th April 2015 after 8 years of mucking around pretending it was something else...
  • i have been trying to rest as much as possible (laying down) and get as much sleep as possible.
    i have been working but i did go home after a half day twice this week.
    i haven't been doing any sweeping or anything since that time a while back.
    yes, this is quite the rollercoaster. i will feel pretty good for awhile, but then feel spasms or pain. not only i n my neck or upper back, but also arms and legs, which doesn't make any sense to me.
    i certainly hope you all are right, that the cage protects me but i guess i am/was not prepared for this long recovery.
    i also find it difficult to sleep! Can I really sleep on my side like they said? it scares me. is my neck realy aligned if i am on my side?
  • BlessedMom74BBlessedMom74 Posts: 322
    edited 09/04/2015 - 12:09 PM
    This recovery is a complete roller coaster. I'm on my 18th week post op and I'm still on the ride. More good days than bad, but still have bad days. Last night my left shoulder and right jaw muscle were twitching in concert together for hours , while my left rib cage spasmed like crazy.
    So buckle up, enjoy the ride and try to not be so fearful. All that stress doesn't help your recovery process at all.
  • radiomamarradiomama Posts: 4
    edited 09/05/2015 - 6:28 AM
    thanks blessedMom i'm sorry about all those spasms. yes, i slep 11 hours last night. woke up and felt so much better. a 3 day weeked with seep and naps is just what i need.
    i feel so blessed when my body just feels neutra and and without acue pain from spasms and nerves. it hels me to be less fearful about this bumpy ride. 3 weeks ans 4 days and i think i am finally going to try to take a short walk with my husband.
    have a happy weekend everyone.
    by the way , richar A , i have been trying to read part one of your journey and my ipad won't seem to let me. i keep just seeng the first and last post. but i will keep trying to maneuver this site.
  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 552
    edited 09/09/2015 - 2:07 AM
    Sleep is very important to our healing process.
    After my 2 neck surgeries, walking was the only thing I was able to do. I would start out with just a short walk to the end of my street. Every couple of days, I would increase the distance, if I felt up to it. Don't push yourself at the beginning. Let your body be the judge of how far to walk.
    I hope you continue to feel better each day!
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