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  • Hi

    Thank you for the suggestions.

    I am forcing myself to walk as much as I can in my daily activities before having to lean forward or sit down.
    I average about 5000 steps per day.
    But frankly, it is getting harder and so painful as each day and night passes.
    Driving the car and working is tough as well.

    I know we are not supposed to be specific about our individual cases, but I am taking
    pregabalin and opioid's among other pain killers as prescribed by my pain doctor specialist.
    My neurosurgeon(who is at a different hospital) expressed concern over this as he is worried I am going to be "in hell and hell" pain after the surgery.
    What is the pain like when you wake up and for the first month?



  • Hi.

    Over the last few weeks, I have tried to cut back one opioid pill daily but the pain and the negative effect it has on walking and working has forced me to go back to the normal pill schedule.

    As you suggest, I will speak to my pain doctor specialist, but I doubt anything can be done.

    I hope I can be as strong as you were! 

    Thanks for the quick reply.


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  •   I definitely should have gotten off all opioid medications before surgery. The pain day one and day two was the worst pain I've ever felt in my entire life.   And it's all because I was on pain meds before surgery and had a tolerance!!  The pain meds they were attempting to give me did nothing.  I wanted to die.  I still have nightmares about it.
  • Were you on lyrica and opioids?
    Do you think you could of stopped the optoids and survived until the surgery. 
    I will see my pain doctor in several weeks and discuss it. Thanks. 
  • melstebarmmelstebar QuebecPosts: 24
    edited 09/15/2016 - 2:53 PM
    I just found out my neurosurgeon will do l3 to s1 spinal fusion. 
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  • Lefty4562LLefty4562 Huntington, WVPosts: 19
    I am 5 weeks post op for ACDF. I have spinal stenosis with myleopathy. Doc said my cord was so compressed it was about 1/4 of its normal diameter. I was numb down my left side and had severe weakness in my right leg and right arm. My right hand had become a claw.
    I had C4-C5 disk replacement and plate and screw inserted. 5 weeks later (today) I have full use of hand. arm and legs. No weakness and getting stronger. Some lingering tingling in the fingers on both hands and the left leg is slightly numb but its a huge improvement and relief from where I was. I would term my procedure a big success at this point. I've had no post op pain whatsoever and haven't taken any meds accept a Tylenol once in a while.
    I have to wear a hard collar one more week and see the doc in two for a follow up. The only issue I have now is some slight dizziness or floating when I walk. That's been going on for 4 weeks and its really annoying. Hope that goes away.
    Good luck to you!
  • Hi Lefty 4562, 

    What a great outcome!

    It must feel like a miracle to get back so much of your body function.
    And to only have to take an occasional  tylenol!

    Thank you for sharing your ongoing success story.
    I hope it continues.

  • I am planning to go back to work 6 weeks after decompression and TLIF. 
    I am in the computer business. I realize lifting computers, printers and monitors is out of the question for a while,  but what about sitting with
    my clients for an hour at a time?
    Am I being realistic?
    Thank you.

  • After doing further research, I withdraw this question.
  • kowserkkowser Low Angeles Posts: 35
     Some advice if you are strong enough stay off the opiates . I was on them for a year and a half and finally realized how my body needed them . Three days cold turkey was a  horrible experience . I did Lyrica is well but that makes you hallucinate and makes you lack intelligence almost .I know people need these drugs but I wish there was a better way be careful
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