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3 Level ACDF and Pain Management

TroyBalerTTroyBaler Posts: 1
edited 10/15/2015 - 7:58 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
For the past decade plus I have had issues with on and off back spasms and occasional numbness in pinky/ring finger. About year and half I had a bout of horrible back spasms that lasted over 3 month. About a year ago the numbness to pinky/ring finger started to become more and more frequent. 9-12 months ago I started to get nerve pain in my forearm and headaches that would last for days. At first prednisone relieve me of the pain and headaches. 6 months ago I would need to have injections to rid myself of the numbness, nerve pain, and headaches. 3 months ago I started having balance issues with a return of nerve pain, back spasms, and headaches. 1 month ago I developed weakness in my legs. The weakness can make walking down stairs a challenge. I also noticed issues with dropping things from my hands and fine motor skills with fingers seems to have diminished. I had an MRI in January and another late September. MRI’s show narrowing of the spinal canal and it’s gotten worse since my MRI in January. I have several questions list below. Any input would deeply be appreciated.

I am apprehensive about proceeding with surgery. At what point should one have ACDF surgery?
Should I do anything to prepare for surgery? Diet/Exercise?
What should I expect postop?
What will pain levels be postop?
Any suggestions with pain management? I have a low threshold for pain and high threshold for opioids. Not a good combination.
Would Cymbalta help to lessen pain?
How would medical marijuana help with pain levels? I’m considering taking edibles to get off opioids as soon as possible.

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