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New here, Surgery Tues., scared of undermedication...

mollycanmmollycan Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Recovering from Surgery

Hi All,

I have surgery scheduled day after tomm.for a ruptured c5 disc after 7 weeks of excruiating pain and being treated like a criminal/drug seeker at two urgent care facilities as well as my primary care doctor's office. If I could operate on myself to relieve the pain, I would've already done it...that's how miserable, desperate, and depressed I feel.

I'll not complain any longer. I am so scared that I will again be undermedicated for pain following the surgery. It's been hell and the thought of even more after waking up trying to recover worries me now. I'm a divorced mom of two girls, 12 and 13, going back to school and do have some family support for after the procedure. My question is:

How do I (can I?) make sure my pain level is adequately controlled post-surgically?



  • hiya molly,
    welcome but sorry your here due to your pain.
    your doc should have already discussed your post care, meds, and other things.
    Since its this wk I would call office and get it clear, and ask all your ??? up front.

    I'm sure it would be the norm to have some type of pain control.
    For sure I would call all of your concerns to surgeon before.
    I had surgery years ago and I ask my doc to explain what medication I would be on and how long and what meds go home with. brace or no brace.
    All surgeons are different.
    good luck with your surgery
    this is great place for support before, after surgery.
    I didn't have neck surgery but have neck issues so I feel your pain.

    neck,bone spurs pain started 04, back issues and fusion l4,l5 06~hardware removed.
    good few yrs. 09 pain sharp, numbness feet,legs, diagnosed fibro, neurop. legs.lung issues.
    daily goal do good thing for someone.
  • Hi! Sorry to hear about your neck issues. Your post op pain will not be anywhere what it was pre op (atleast mine wasn't). Do you have a high tolerance for medications? I was given percocet and valium to take post op, they worked fine. They didn't completely take the pain away but helped enough so I could rest. You should talk to your surgeon about this.
    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
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  • I hope you had a positive experience and come back and post about it!

    Grade 4 tear in l4/l5 was missed in first MRI so did injections for a year
    SI joints "messed up" not sure if I will get them fused at a later time
    Had Open PLIF L4/L5 5/28/13
    Woke up to permanent nerve damage in legs and feet.
  • Sorry to hear about your troubles. I just had an ACDF on c3/c4 10 days ago & my surgeon only sent me home with Norco's, which is a hydrocodone/ apap. It has been more than enough to help with my post op pain as it is nothing compared to my pain before the surgery. Regardless of what the surgeon will give you, they will make sure you are not in pain & hopefully you're feeling lots better after your surgery. Good luck!
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