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3 days till ACDS

Kind of worried. Not sure what to expect when I wake up. 

Ill try to post how it goes. 


  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,778
    ACDF?? Expect pain - sore throat - and the need to yell at the nurses and doctors for more pain medicine.

    Best of outcome - keep us posted,

    My Story below
  • RedsdadRRedsdad MissouriPosts: 9
    Well that doesnt sound terribly encouraging :)

    I get it though. Ive learned the pain meds must be taken on the right schedule or doesnt work right. Thanks. 
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  • RedsdadRRedsdad MissouriPosts: 9
    17 Hours & counting.......
  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510
    edited 11/14/2016 - 8:44 AM

    Not all results are the same. Many of us have not had pain after surgery. The sore throat thing is common, but not terribly bad.

    I had the nurses chasing me around the halls because I was always up and running.


    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

  • jimandjrjimandjr Dallas TXPosts: 745
    edited 11/14/2016 - 2:06 AM
    ACDF?? Expect pain - sore throat - and the need to yell at the nurses and doctors for more pain medicine.

    Best of outcome - keep us posted,

    My Story below
    If I could have yelled for more pain meds, I would have. My throat was too swelled up to swallow or yell. Had to get my caretaker to yell at nurses for me after both cervical surgeries. I need a morphine drip or morphine pills after mine.

    Good luck with your ACDF.
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  • RedsdadRRedsdad MissouriPosts: 9
    Hi all, sorry its taken so long to post. Had 2 level ACDS on Nov 8 2016. C5-6 & 6-7. Surgery was at 8:00 am and took appox 4 hrs till I woke up in recovery.
    Had typical very sore throat, very tired & generally weak. Moved to room by approximately 2 pm. Had a happy button that allowed me to self administer for pain. I found it took about 10 to 15 mins for the button to re-light so I could press again.

    The first 12 hours or so I used it a lot. It really helped to get sleep. Was on liquid only diet till about 1pm on day 2 nov, 9. Got released to go home about 6pm day2 nov9.

    The first 3, 4, 5 days were ok. Had oxy pills and could take 1 to 3 evry 3 hrs. By day 5 had weened self off of those. Perhaps a big mistake, the next day I got a whole new set of nerve pains on the outsides of both shoulders. So I went back on the oxy pills. First one then 2 every 3 hrs. Stayed on this for a couple of days.

    The shoulder pain on left side went away in a day or two. Right side still hung on. Checked with dr office, thy said it was a side effect of all the stuff moved during surgery, and should go away on it's own.

    On day 8 following surgery went to general dr. Got a flu shot. Was still taking 2 oxy every 3. Didnt eat much that day and got sick to stomach that eve.

    To combat the stomach and urge to vomit I stopped oxy and drank a lot of water. Next day sick feeling subsided but left me feeling very weak.

    I had started walking before stomach issue and had worked up to about 4 city blocks. After stomach sickness was barely able to walk 100 feet.

    I should add bowels did not move until day 6 following surgery and not again till 5 days after that. 2nd one was yesterday nov 18.

    So I quit oxy on eve of nov 16 and am starting to get my strength back. Walked a lot today. Still feel a lil weak but am walking slow and resting a lot when feel tired. Not pushing anything except just getting out of chair and walking. Not fast and taking walker with for saftey.

    Well thats all for now. More later.

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