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Four weeks Post Operative C4-5 ACDF and in more pain

Harley girlHHarley girl Posts: 1
edited 11/02/2015 - 8:29 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I would just like to hear from anyone that has had a similar surgery and experienced more pain postoperative. I was looking forward to cutting back and eventually discontinuing my pain meds and instead have increased them. I realize it is still early in my postoperative journey and am hoping that pasT nerve damage is to blame. I should also explain that I have Degenerative Disc Disease and arthritis which have produced bone spurs causing pinched nerves with some encroachment on my spinal column at three levels (C3-4), (C4-5) and C5-6).

Any information or advice would be appreciated



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    edited 11/02/2015 - 8:30 PM
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  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 553
    edited 11/03/2015 - 2:36 AM
    You are still early into your recovery. Make sure you aren't overdoing it.
    Have you had a recent follow up appointment with your doctor? Does he know that you are taking more pain meds?
    Do you have a Tens unit? That might help to reduce some of your pain.
    I wouldn't think you'd be in any therapy yet, but I found walking helped me a lot. It was good to get outside & get distracted from the pain.
    I was injured at work. I had the same surgery that you did back in June 2013. I ended up not fusing & had to have a posterior surgery to add more hardware. I have since fused, but still in pain.
    I also recently had rotator cuff surgery. I was told that all the pain in my shoulder was coming from my neck?
    Hang in there. It takes a long time for nerves to heal.
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