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posterior cervical laminectomy and fusion - what am I in for???



  • MatriarchMMatriarch WashingtonPosts: 2
    Hi, I had a cervical laminectomy to repair damage from a spinal abscess earlier this year, C1 to T4. The scar down my spine is ... long, and I think it gives me character. Pain control was an issue for the first week, but I was also dealing with serious infection at the time. After that first week (intensive care) it became much more manageable. I took myself off all pain meds before I left the hospital, continuing to take muscle relaxers for the spasms and Gabapenten for the neuropathic pain. My case involved paralysis and extreme weakness. I had to relearn walking and moving. Still working on mobility in one arm. I think if you talk to your team, they will keep you comfortable. Don't be afraid to ask for pain meds, but do so remembering that at some point, you will want to taper off. And it helps to understand what you are feeling. Muscle spasm pain isn't much helped by opiods, but a muscle relaxer will be wonderful. I'm sure your rehab and recovery team will do everything to keep you comfortable as possible.
  • LizLiz Posts: 9,699
    edited 11/30/2016 - 4:29 PM
    hello Matriarch

    This is an old discussion created by a member no longer on the forum so I am closing it.


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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