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Muscle pain

JoyJJoy Posts: 559
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I'm about 9 weeks post-op from fusion surgery and find that the most pain I have now is from the muscles on the side of my back. Almost no pain at all where I thought I'd hurt. I'm still taking hydrocodone a couple of times a day along with Neurotin and a muscle relaxer. Any suggestions about easing the muscle pain? I REALLY hurt if I over extend myself around the house.


  • Joy, I couldn't have lived without my heat pad.
    I bought an electric one which I put on the back of my chair when I am sitting. I tend to use it mostly at night or after exercising.

    I have read of some that like ice packs but for me the heat works best as it relaxes the muscles and ice to me seizes them up.

    Hope it may help you

    Sara O:)
  • Is it normal then to have this hurt so bad? How long before it goes away. Should I continue to stay up when it hurts, or go lay down for a while?
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  • I am 4 weeks post op-I am just getting the same thing. Muscle aches on the side of my incision. I figured it was a muscle that they had to cut through or something. My PT told me that new pains and aches are to be expected with recovery as the muscles and nerves are finally starting to heal.
  • Go lie down - don't push it you will slow your recovery down.

    key - pacing.

    Easy to say but you will soon learn by over doing it on the good days.

    Heat pads are gorgeous. >:D<
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