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Managing arthritis pain/stiffness when NSAIDS are a no no after surgery

AryinVAAAryinVA Posts: 6
edited 11/09/2015 - 10:03 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
im 2 weeks out from a 2 level cervical fusion, and my doc said no NSAIDS for 6 months since they can impede healing. Trouble is, I suffer from arthritis in both knees and in my hands, and only NSAIDS (or cortisone shots) can help the pain and stiffness.

Yes, I'm sure narcotics may help, but that's a slippery road I'd rather not travel; especially for 6 months.

Other options I've tried: ice/heat - limited success. Chiro - nope, not enough flexibility in knees. Massage, nope. TENS unit. No results. Walking..yep. I walk at least 2 miles a day. Can't wait until I'm cleared to swim and lift weights again.

I feel stuck with limping around, which sucks, because I know I need to be active to heal well.

Has anyone else dealt with arthritis issues after surgery, and if so, how?
ACDF C5-C7 10/28/2015


  • Most docs say you can take Tylenol, it is not an NSAID. It's not as good (in my opinion), but still better than nothing. Are you taking that? Are you on glucosamine/chondroitin?
    I have very mild arthritis, enough I don't even treat it, so maybe others will chime in. I have no idea if those other Rx meds are allowed and recommended.

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

  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 724
    Somewhat like you I suffer from Psoriatic Arthritis and have had 2 lower back fusion surgeries. Also like you I used to take NASIDS to relieve the joint pain but have stopped. What I do now is get weekly Etanercept injections... and it works GREAT... the chronic joint pain is completely gone!!! You can check out Etanercept and the other similar treatments at Wikipedia... it's a Biological Response Modifier for Arthritis. It's the best thing I've done for my arthritis in years. I'm also a daily swimmer which helps...
    Harry - 63 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
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