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Feel like crap

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Is it normal to still feel like crap 6 days post op? I called my doctor to get my prescription refilled. I had 100 hydrocodone and I can take 2 every 4 to 6 hrs and you guessed it when the 4hrs are up, bang the pain is back . The reason I called to get the prescription refilled is because I only have about 30 left and I know they can take up to 2 days to get the prescription refilled. I can sometimes go 5 hr but I have not made it 6. Last night was the worse, I had such pain in my arm it took an hour for the pain meds to kick in. I am not sleeping well yet, I would love to sleep in my bed and I do have a pillow wedge but I can not get comfortable. I sleep in the recliner and when I finally get up in the morning my back hurts. My throat is a little better I can know eat more it still feels like there is something in there and I have not tackled real food yet. I am feeling very frustrated because I do not think I should have pain like this since I only had a level 1 c5/c6. Thanks for letting me whine


  • I am almost 5 weeks post op and yesterday was a very rough day for me. My throat hurt worse than it did after surgery, I had numbness/tingling, and some feelings that I cant even describe. Yes, it is very normal to feel like crap especially since you are only 6 days post op.
  • i do remember more pain the longer out of surgery that i was for a while but it slowly got better. when i went off the pain meds the pain didn't seem as bad for some reason. sometimes i think that they exaggerate the feeling of the pain.i started weaning myself off after about a six weeks after surgery.I still had pain but not as bad. as the numbness starts to leave it will definitely turn to pain and then the pain will eventually subside. ;)
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  • 6 days out I felt like you. It's 7 weeks now and I still have a little bit of numbness and hardly any pain. I've been weaning myself off of Tylenol and after a bad last weekend and a trip to the ER for my own sanity, Valium, which really helped with the muscle spasm I was having.

    I found that Lortab helped with the pain better than Percocet (which also made me feel itchy).

    I go for my 9 week check up next week, so I can hopefully ditch the Aspen collar all together at that point.

    Feel better soon!!!!

  • The first two weeks really I had lots of pain, on and off, and religiously just kept on my flexeril schedule and hydrocodone. The hydrocodone would knock me out, fortunately, so I felt like I would at least be able to sleep through the pain.

    I'm 10 weeks post-op though now and haven't taken any hydrocodone in over two weeks and just occasionally have some neck pain, mostly from my overdoing.

    Hang in there. We've all been through what you're going through, and believe me, it will get better.

  • My doctor asst. said they would like me off pain meds within two weeks of surgery. He said I can do muscle relaxents.
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,347
    It seems to be the trend now that many Neurosurgeons would like to see their patients off all pain medications after two weeks post surgery.
    Personally that sounds very aggressive , but if its doable, then great. However, most people are know that have had surgery recently are looking at about a month of pain medications before things start to settle in. Each situation is different.
    When I had my last surgery (2000), the doctors kept me on pain medication for about 2 months post op... When I had my first surgery (1978), I was on pain meds for about 7 months post op.
    Procedures have changed, mindsets have changed, I think the only thing that hasnt changed is patients
    There is no need to be in pain when there is legitimate reasons to manage it.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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