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Denial such a real thing!

Surgery scheduled for May 13 for ACDF level 6-7. Yesterday I had a great day. No arm pain barely took any pain meds did not have to ice . Thought that maybe that crummy piece of herniated disc had dissolved and whoopie could cancel my surgery. Woke up this morning with same darn left arm pain. Feels like I am going through the Elizabeth Kubler Ross stages. Any one else have days like this?


  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 606
    edited 04/27/2015 - 10:33 AM
    I believe almost all of us have experienced days like that.
    And I will add, once you've had surgery, you will experience days like that during your recovery, too! Don't get discouraged if one day you feel great & the next day you are in more pain or discomfort. It's all part of the healing cycle.
    I had ACDF & PCDF. Posterior fusion was defitetly more painful.
    Good luck with your surgery. Be sure to read the sticky notes about must haves before your surgery. There's a lot of good suggestions & tips there.
  • Thank you Motor One. I looked at some of those suggestions will definitely pick up many of those things prior.
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  • I am pre op so have the cord symptoms and will have a good day, then lots more hand numbness the next day and feel like I want to cry all day long. I think I may move through several stages in the same day! I know it is a roller coaster ride. None of us want to be here. None of should be here. but here we are. And we have each other.

    ivy m
  • I keep wanting to test myself and not take any meds at all all day and see how I do. But I am scared because I know how much the meds are helping. I think if I do it though I will know that I need the surgery and this denial stage will move onto the stage of acceptance. Just can't figure out which day I want to suffer. :)
  • Today is my experimental day. I am not going to take any pain meds( I did take advil) and see what my pain level is like for he day. I am starting to feel like I may be jumping the gun with the surgery so soon past my injury. This Saturday I will be 8 weeks. I am scheduled for surgery May 13th. Will report my results if any cares. Right now 2 on pain scale 1-10. Not bad.
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  • Some of us have been told not to take motrin, advil, ibuprofen or aspirin products. My NS says none now or aferte (Some have mentioned interfering w/ fusion (? idk) Please check with your NS to see if advil is ok for you.

  • Thanks Ivy. Yes my cut off date for advil is Monday 4th. Probably stop sooner. My experiment of not taking meds reinforced the fact that I do need surgery. I had to do it. My pain was up to a 7 by the late afternoon and I could not get it to calm down until late in the evening. My Doc wants to do the artificial disc now instead of the fusion. He feels the fact that I am a type 1 diabetic may make fusion difficult and also because I have slight bulging at c6c5 and c4 that the fusion may put too much stress on the above disc. Now hopefully my insurance will go for it. I think it is much easier to get the ACDF because it has been around much longer and may be a bit cheaper. My Doc said really if you add up all of the follow up x rays and possible MRI's the price is almost the same. He thinks we are still on for surgery in 2 weeks. We shall see. I hope he is right.
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