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4 wk Post ACDF



  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    Advil/Motrin (ibuprofen), Aleve (naproxen), and Aspirin are all NSAID medications (non steroidal anti inflammatories) and in many cases surgeons will tell the patient to avoid these in the first 3-6 months (at least) following fusion surgeries. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is not an NSAID and generally allowed, however should NOT be taken at the same time as most pain medications as meds such as vicodin, percocet, etc have acetaminophen/Tylenol in them.

    My dilemma right now is I could take acetaminophen instead of my pain meds, but I fear that if within a few hours I have more pain I can't take the vicodin since it has Tylenol it it, I have to wait until next dosage time.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • Hi Gary! I had the same levels you had done july 27 2009 so I'm 8 months out. How are you doing?

    I'm good just still pretty stiff. I have none of the original pain. I do have some aching but it's not bad. I'm working really hard to try to get more range of motion. My body still wants to guard.

    What kind of work do you do?
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  • I am doing really well. Back to work on Mar 15th,4+ weeks after surgery and completed PT that week. I am a 9-1-1 Dispatcher so sit on my &*( for 10n hour stretch! (Can get up and walk around a little. Have some residual soreness in sholders and neck but feel pretty good. One gram of Tylenol every 6 hours gets me through work and rarely any meds on days off. Glad to hear you are doing well also.
  • You are doing so great...at a month I could hardly hold my head up. I have a very long neck so maybe that's why. I'm a fitness professional so I was in great shape before the surgery.

    I went off pain meds fast too.

    How is your range of motion? Are you guarding? I'm still pretty stiff. If I see folks who didn't know I went for surgery they ask right way...did you hurt your neck? uggg

    I'm getting very strong again just wish I'd losen up.
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