Today, 9.13 I am 5 days post-op. I came looking for other people who may have had the same experience as me. I feel fortunate to have found this forum.
I had an ACDF at the C3-C4. I have extensive additional issues with my spine (as it seems like most do) as well. I have moderate but growing stenosis at the C1 Putting pressure on my brain stem & I have Ankylosing Spondylitis which among other areas is fusing my C5. All went well with my surgery and before.
I have my post op visit on Thursday and I'm concerned. Probably about 18 (ish) hours post-op my surgeons PA came in the hospital room introduced himself and then immediately stated that I was in an unrealistic amount of pain. I was taking enough meds to kill me and I would need to get control. He went on to say that since he didnt feel comfortable sending me home with no prescription for pain meds he would give them to me for 2 weeks and then I would need to see my primary and on and on... Let me clarify. Post-op I was being given 10 mg of oxycodone every 4 hours. I had some injections of .5 mg of dilaudid which would make me vomit and therefore didnt take much. The nurse at the hospital while being extremely professional did make it clear that after a surgery like this I was well within normal range for pain and that it is actually a painful recovery. I was in shock and in tears. what had just happened? I'm still unsure what his issue is and I haven't received tons of pain meds and never from his office. I have expected to recover more quickly than this. This may be an unrealistic expectation.  to be frank I find that when docs have unrealistic expectations it is usually because they haven't had the experience to really know.
I'm not sleeping well and when I do I wake up in a lot of pain. I have a lot of muscle pain and still some trouble swallowing. I wasn't given a collar. My pain is controlled with the meds I was given. I currently am getting more rest than anything. Can't lift my head from the pillow with out assistance. I have tons of muscle pain and spasm. While my throat is better, it still hurts a bit to swallow and is difficult to swallow as well. I have little rotation and I feel like this is mostly a muscle issue.
What is your experience post-op?
Comment edited by Liz, Spine-health Moderator to remove name calling