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My two month post-op check up

sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,362
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi all. I just wanted to update you all on my check up Friday for post op acdf 5-6.

As for the loud pop and pain in my throat after stretching last week she ( my NS assistant) said "it's highly unlikely that anything would pop loose". She asked if I wanted her to send me for a swallowing test for my swallowing and lump in throat problem and I said not if it is really common and should go away with time. She said we could wait and see.

I told her about my low back/butt/leg pain (that disappeared during surgery and reappeared 5 weeks after) and she told me to take NSAID's. I told her that the NS told me not to take any for six months post op and she said, well I don't think it'd hurt. Well, I'm not going to take any! Why push my luck? What do you think? Besides, I've tried it all before anyway.

I didn't ask her about the hot flashes that I've had so much just since surgery. I was hoping my NS would come in after her like he sometimes does so I could ask him but he didn't and she was already on to the next patient. Ah well...follow up again on Jan 7 and have another xray a few days prior to that. I told her that the lump in my throat feeling is better for a while after taking a pain pill (hydrocodone 5-500) usually took two a day and Flexeril one morning and night...so she gave me a refill for one hydrocodone a day and one flexeril...go figure.



  • are not good after fusion. Was told not to take them. It slows down fusion process.

    I hope you feel better.

  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,362
    Thanks. That's what I have been told too. Makes me wonder sometimes.

    My neck is doing great other than the swallowing/lump stuff. ROM is very good and they don't think I need any PT. I'm very active anyway so I guess that helps.

    How are you? I hope your recovery is moving right along...

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  • my recovery is going pretty well. I can't do much around the house which is very frustrating...the mess piles up quickly. LOL


  • If your NS told you not to take NSAIDs for 6 months, then definately, don't take them. They do impede fusion and you don't want that! :S

    I'm amazed that the NS assistant said she didn't think it would hurt, even after being told the NS had said no. I would follow what the NS said!

    I was given NSAIDs in the hospital after my fusion as pain meds, and for inflamation.
    I decided that I would only take them for a short while, while I was getting over the initial swelling from surgery.

    When I spoke to my surgeon about it, he didn't think I would have a problem with fusion. Needless to say, at my 8 week x-ray, there was no sign of fusion at all! I don't take them now, and am waiting to see if I have fusion, at my 12 month appointment in March next year.

    Hopefully your hot flashes will have settled down a bit by January. I was also troubled by them after my surgery and took a while to go, but they did in the end. Sorry, I can't remember how long it took; probably more than 2 months.

    Take care Debbie >:D< >:D< >:D<
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,362
    I'm glad you're doing well. It's to soon for you to be worrying about housework. I know how hard it is to let things go and I'm a poor one to tell anyone to be patient but that's what you need to do. Don't worry, the mess will still be there!

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  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,362
    I hope you're fused by March. Are you having any other problems from the surgery?

    I'm still having A LOT of hot flashes but maybe not as many as I was (fingers crossed). Thanks for giving me hope that it does get better!

    I'm going to ask about the throat problem in another topic. This is getting to me!

    Hope you're having a good day.
  • I would call the office and ask for the surgeon directly. Tell him what the assistant said about the NSAIDS. I would also mention the popping/swallowing to him. Her answer seemed very flip especially combined with the nsaids.

    He either needs to confirm what she said or he needs to know that his assistant is giving out contradictory advice. It makes one of them look like a fool and it is his reputation on the line.
  • Hmmmmm, In my paperwork it says to not take OTC pain meds because the prescribed meds already contained ingredients such as acetamenaphin, ibup, etc. Holy cow....I wasnt told to NOT take tylenol PM's....after I have been off the pain meds of course fyi. but i've taken a few pm'Rs ....I'll be sure to contact my NS's nurse on Monday.

    Sunny, I just had my 1 month post op. And everything was okay apart from my weakA$$ left arm. Glad to hear you had a good checkup.

  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,362
    Glad things were okay at your checkup--except your arm. What did they say about it? Are you going to need physical therapy? I hope that you regain the strength in your arm. So far I think my muscle is improving in mine..it still has a way to go but hopefully it'll get even better.

    Tylenol isn't an NSAID. It works differently as it contains acetaminophen I think. I take Tylenol sometimes with Tramadol just not with hydrocodone apap cause it contains acetaminophen. (hope I spelled that right!)

    I hope you continue to improve and regain strength. It's very early in your recovery yet. Take it easy and don't overdo things. (Do as I say not as I do haha)

  • I would say that my surgery has been a success. :-)
    The awful sciatica in both legs has gone and the lower back pain I was getting is mostly gone.

    I am getting various pains and tingles in my toes, feet and lower legs, but nothing like before. Not sure if these are being caused by my lumbar spine, cervical spine (have been told it might be this) or just healing nerves. I think the healing nerve theory is probably wrong after 8 1/2 months! Who knows though. I do get a strange slipping sensation over my fusion lately (last couple of months). That worries me rather. I am wondering if I should phone my surgeon. I have mentioned it to my GP who didn't seem too worried about it! If I was getting pain at the same time, I would speak to my surgeon. I wonder if anyone with loose hardware has felt this slipping without pain.

    Much earlier in my recovery, I had all sorts or problems with my incision and pains all over the place. Things have settled down well, and I can manage to do most 'normal' things now without flaring up pain. After an incision that wouldn't close properly and then got an infection, it is all healed up now, fairly flat at last (after having quite a 'step' in it), and is now fading nicely. (I have been using Bio-Oil on it.)

    My physiotherapist has been wonderful! He is great for my morale (always telling me how well I am doing) and he has helped me as to how to approach various tasks that I was struggling with. He specialises in spinal rehabilitation and getting spinal patients back to work.

    Now if only my neck and thoracic problems would fade away!!

    Keep healing Debbie :-) >:D<
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