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Going into surgery with itchy skin; problem or not?

I am scheduled for a two day four level fusion in ten days. I had the great fortune of clearing some vines that turned out to be poison ivy two weeks ago and got a nasty rash all over. The rash has cleared up nicely and my skin appears to be doing very well. Problem now is that I still itch all over at night to the point I can't sleep very well and the itching can get intense when my skin gets warm. I do not itch at all during the day and it gets under control with a cold shower. I have been taking antihistamines which I think I need to stop since I'm ten days out too.
Question: Will the surgeon care that I have an itching problem even if it is from dry skin? I have asked his office, but haven't heard back yet. Has anyone bad a similar experience? 


  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 971


    Even if the surgeon doesn't care... if I was in your shoes I would delay the surgery until my skin problems had fully cleared up.   There are enough problems and pains to deal with post fusion surgery without adding something like itchy skin issues that keep you awake.

    Harry - 65 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
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