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Post Surjery Pain Cervical Lamnioplasty

JaimeSFeldmanJJaimeSFeldman Posts: 10
edited 11/04/2014 - 4:24 PM in Recovering from Surgery
I'm two weeks into my recovery from a C2-C8 lamniosplasty (posterior) and wondering if anyone has had the same procedure?
I'm off all pain killers but still VERY uncomfortable and in a great amount of pain. My neck isn't the issue so much as is the muscles below my neck and the incision sight. I cannot for the life of me get comfortable. I am better than i was day one but it's still bad. I can't sleep without a sleeping pill. I would love to hear from anyone that can relate or share.



  • I had a somewhat similar surgery from C2-C5 and know what you mean about the upper back and shoulder pain. I'm a month out and still taking 3- 5mg Hydrocodone and 3- 750mg Methocarbamol each day. I find the muscle relaxer to be even more helpful than the pain reliever. As far as the incision site pain goes, does the incision look OK? If you have swelling, leaking or redness you should call your doctor ASAP.

    CSM = C2-C5 Posterior Laminectomy w/Fusion and Instrumentation
    Surgery Complete 10/4/14
  • Thanks for the reply. I can't take any more pain meds. They have horrible side effects and I can't think. I will call tomorrow and ask for a muscle relaxer since this seems to be my biggest complaint. I actually slept the night without a sleeping pill so that's a plus My incision looks good. I guess I'm fortunate since I'm two weeks behind you but I still hurt. When did you feel like you were "on the other side" towards mending?
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  • my situation is a little unique in that i didn't have hardly any pain at all before my surgery. it was done due to pretty severe mylopathy. here are the details if you are interested: https://www.spine-health.com/forum/treatment/back-surgery-and-neck-surgery/my-story-cervical-mylopathy-c2-c5-laminectomy-wfusion

    as far as feeling like i was on the other side, i'd say it was around the two week mark. that's when things started to turn for the better anyway. walking 2-3 miles a day seemed to help speed things up but it can also bring on some of that upper back pain.

    did you have a fusion? are you wearing a collar?
    CSM = C2-C5 Posterior Laminectomy w/Fusion and Instrumentation
    Surgery Complete 10/4/14
  • I had a C3-C7 laminoplasty 5 years ago. Let me know if I can be of any help re: information.
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