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Hi guys! I'm Kathy, I'm 54 and new to this forum. I have had chronic pain in my back due to scoliosis for years. Five years ago I was on 100mcg fentynal patch, Lortab 10 for break through pain, klonipin for anxiety. I felt I was too dependent emotionally on all the meds, so I checked myself into the hospital and detoxed. It was extremely unpleasant! I learned how to deal with my pain with ibuprofen, meditation and being intune to my body. I have been very successful with this. It was the right thing for me because addiction runs heavily in my family.
Three years ago I was in a pretty bad vehicle accident. My car was totaled, my life hasn't been the same since. I have managed to stay off of opioids, but it has been a struggle. Two years ago I had acdf level C3, C4, C5 & C6. I did take pain meds for 7 days postoperative. Next month I will be having another surgery. Anterior to clean up C6 , and posterior to fix C7.
I have been researching the posterior surgery, and from what I've read, it is a lot more painful then anterior surgery. I'm really scared about the amount of post op pain I will be in. I want to be realistically prepared going into the surgery. How long can I expect to be in severe pain? I'm no hero, I will take what I need to be comfortable. I just want to be well informed and prepared mentally.
Any advice is welcome!