Well I just went this morning for my one year check-up on my 4 level cervical fusion (c3-4, c4-5, c5-6 c6-7). My surgeon used PEEK Prevail Disks and BMP. I have felt that the results were remarkable although I still have some pain and stiffness in my neck and shoulders and headaches from time to time. My pain Rx was written for 6 Oxycodone 10/325 per day and up to 3 5mg Valium for muscle relaxers. I don't take near 6 oxy's a day maybe 3 usually and 4 on a real bad day and hardly ever take even 1 Valium. Sometime I will be wondering why my neck is hurting and then it dawns on me that I have missed 2 doses of my pain med.
Back to the subject..This morning my dr. took x-rays and was very pleased with the amount of fusion and said that it even takes some people up to 2 years to get to the level of fusion that I have. So I am very happy with that. However the pain and stiffness that I still have bothers me. I feel a lot of it has to do with the fact that I sit at a desk typing and monitoring 3 computer screens for 6 hours a day with very little movement from there. When I brought up my continuing pain, my dr said that he would suggest that I return to a pain mgt dr and that I might have to be on pain med for very long term. I asked if I could try something like Aleve or Tylenol and he said yes I could now that it has been a year but he didn’t expect me to get very much relief from them.
So my question is this, is anyone on pain med like for possibly the rest of their life ( I have been on every strength of hydrocodone to Oxycodone for the past 4-5 years) So I don't know if they will keep me on the 10/325 oxy's that I am on now or will they want to try me on something that doesn't have analgesics in it (like straight narcotics)