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4 days post op 3 level fusion ACDF

3 level ACDF on Thursday.  Woke up pain free.  Today is another story. Pain between shoulder blades, neck horribly sore, same clunking sounds. Entire cervical region aches and sore to touch.  Unable to swallow food without liquid. Needless to say depression is creeping in..AND pain meds cause insane itching so just stopped taking them ( benadryl didn't help). Please someone tell me this will go away.



  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,528

    You are so fresh out of surgery.  A babe in the woods.  Please read  Recovery, the most important phase - Patience

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Janet what you are experiencing is not unusual, first thing you need to do is talk to the doctor about the pain meds. & let them give you something that does not cause a reaction, you need to be taking something to make you rest & be comfortable it took me about 2 weeks before my throat eased off, but everybody is different. do not be afraid to call your doctor if you have concerns. Recovery will take time but you always have to keep your head straight & not concentrate on the pain, trust me I know that can be very hard. Be sure and call about something different for pain and know that every day it will get better. Keep good thoughts and I hope you feel better soon. 

    Veritas-Health Moderator

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