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Old 11-07-2012, 04:51 PM   #3
elayne1129 elayne1129 is offline
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Re: I am having a 2 level fusion in January

Hi there,
I had a 3 level acdf done four years ago. It's going to be okay.
Things I learned...
Don't be a hero, take the pain meds.

If pain meds or muscle relaxers aren't working call the doctor, sometimes meds just need a Little tweaking in the beginning.

Yes....plan for constipation. Miralax was my friend.

Proper nutrition equals proper healing. Remember to eat even if your not hungry. Or at the very least try some protein shakes or smoothies.
Bendy straws are a blessing.

Chewable vitamins/calcium, get some cause trying to choke down a huge vitamin is a scary thing.

Don't be surprised if your sense of taste is off for a couple of weeks, general anesthesia can muck up your taste buds for a while.
Don't be surprised if you find that you notice hair loss, anesthesia will do that too. But hair will grow back.
Follow your doctors instructions to the letter.
Positive thoughts will yield positive outcomes. It takes time to heal so please be patient with yourself.

 
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