Post cervical spine surgery pain thread.
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You probably don't read this post any longer, but yours was the latest one posted and I will love to talk to others who have had this type of surgery. You situation seemed close to mine and I am going in on June 13, 2011 and I am scared to death about the pain afterwards. I hope you are better since your last posting.
I had surgery in july2011 as well, at just over 6 and half weeks the surgery went well. The pain was not so easy to control at times.
I has c6=c7 fusion with no plates. I did not have to wear a collar and was sent home with the instructions of take the pain killers and your body will let yoy know when you are ready to try to get back to normal!!
Well I too had trhe pain in my neck, shoulder and left arm all the past 2 weeks, I took the pain relief but it did not do a lot of good. Only the last 2 days has the pain subsided.
I am not doing a lot of house work and no lifting as I get a strange feeling when I bend down and feel I need to support my head.
I would be pleased to hear from you to see how you are getting on .
My mum is 82 years old lady and doctor from Singapore persuaded us to go ahead for op which he did cervical anterior fusion surgery to C5 & 6, at the beginning of 1st week seems all symptoms of pain at knee, numbness at the arms were gone. Now reach to 1 and half months, she is suffering of pain at the neck and shoulder, tightness of chest, difficulty in breathing, loss of appetite, tiredness all the time, etc.. She felt so frustrated for suffering those after doctor said her condition will be improved after surgery. She is depressed and she even talked about going to end her life. We are trying to comfort her and only now then she is using Volteran painkiller suppository and hoping for better condition. But after reading those forum, I think the chance for her to become better is very slim. Why doctor is not telling the truth? Money?? Some more, the nerve will not be recovered for 82 yrs old patient, right? I feel very guilty myself asking her to go ahead for surgery. Very sad!!
I am sorry to hear about your mother, I have since gone back to my doctor as the pain remains and he has drawn a blank so is sending me back to the hospitial to see my consultant this week.
I will let you know the out come of the visit as it may help your mother.
I had an anterior fusion of C6-7 with donor bone and a mystic plate (it is reaborsed by the body in 12 months) on 12/12/11. I have lost my voice and have difficulty swallowing even at 3 weeks post op. My pain has become MUCH worse. I was not taking any pain meds before the surgery, but now I NEED them to keep going. I don't take anything but Tylenol, because they took the only thing I could take for pain off the market (Darvocet).
I go for xray in 2 weeks.
Has anyone lost their voice?