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Why am I so tired?

tracibennttracibenn Posts: 95
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:50 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Its nearly impossible to stay awake since my 360 fusion last week. My day consists of multiple 3 hour naps and a meal here or there. I wake up in the morning, get the kids off to school, go back to sleep, wake up at 11 for lunch, go back to sleep, wake up at 3 for the kids to come home, then im awake till 8 when i go to bed. Is it the pain meds or does my body really need that much extra energy to heal?



  • Being tired after back surgery is par for the course.
    You had a major major major operation. If I understand 360's properly, it was actually 2 surgeries.

    Your body is recovering from being under.
    Your body is recovering from the surgery. So it is using its energy to heal the incision, the bones, accept the rods/screws, and adapt to what happened. That's a lot of work for it to do. So it needs sleep to re-energize and continue to help you heal, fight off infection, and stabalize. Plus you are probably on meds...meds make you drowsy too.

    I had 2 microdiscectomies and trust me...I became a champion sleeper! Enjoy it. I know it sounds silly but enjoy it because as you are cleared to increase activity and lower pain meds, you be glad your body is rested to adjust to the change.

    Oh, and as all that stuff happens, you'll find you are still tired but for different reasons. The reasons will be building up your activity levels.

    Just follow doctor's orders in terms of moving around and getting out of bed, sitting, etc.
  • Your body really, really needs that much sleep. I was exhausted for the first three weeks and I didn't have a 360. Let your body heal. It takes baby steps with any surgery but especially back surgery.

    Take Care,
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  • Enjoy it and let your body heal! I don't think it is unusual at all to be so tired after such a major invasion to your body. I had so much trouble sleeping after surgery that I would have seen it as a blessing.
  • In comparison to your procedure, mine was very very minor yet I was tired a lot afterwards.
    It took me a few months to build stamina back up. Even standing at the sink washing dishes would wear me out.

    Your body is healing and needs lots of rest. (assuming there are no other conditions causing the tiredness)
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  • As much as you can...Your body need it desperately!! You are going to feel tire for a long time, so if you are sleeping without problems...enjoy it, because many people have difficulty sleeping after the surgery. I still tire easily, and I'm almost 15 months out. I remember being tired at 6 months out from just taking a shower. I would have to lie down afterward before being able to continue on.

    Good luck and take care,

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  • Sleep is when your body has the best healing capability!

    I am 8 weeks post major complex spine surgery, and I am only now starting to stay awake most days. I was needing huge naps every day up until only a week or two ago!

    I am still easily fatigued- physical therapy 3x a week feels like a full time job, and I'm not back to many of my pre-surgery activities. But at least I'm awake!

    Not sure about you, but I did lose blood (I think I got 3 units, but the process still stresses the body), and had a lung deflated. So lots of reasons to be tired :)
  • You need to sleep that much! Your meds and also just the major surgery you just went through are reasons you are tired. I am 8 weeks out, and I am just starting to get some energy. On days when I do anything I still get worn out. Rest, rest, rest, then walk, and then rest rest rest....:)

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  • I know the feeling! I'm 3 weeks post-op and can only run small errands close to home because I get easily tired. Although I spend a lot of time resting on the couch, I try not to nap or else I won't be able to sleep at night. I've been lucky that I have no problems with getting a full nights sleep. Lately, I do find that I sleep a good 8 or 9 hours every night, which is more than I needed prior to surgery. I)
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  • I am on the other end of the spectrum. I cannot sleep! I try to lay down for a while and the pain wakes me up about 1 hour later. Then I have to get up out of bed and sit in a chair for a while or just stand up for a little bit. I wish that I could get a full nights sleep just once in a while. Give yourself some more time and you should be back to a more normal schedule. Good Luck!
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