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