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Spinal Cord Disorders board

Well, I think I am back with the living. I had a posterior cervical fusion on March 31st. I had an acdf four years ago levels C3-C5. Level C5/6 did not fuse, therefore the second surgery. This surgery was rough and I sure hope it works. The doctor used rods from C6 up to C3 and pretty well stabilized the whole thing. I had some weird things happen in the hospital and somehow ended up staying 4 days instead of 2. I had apnea after the surgery and stayed in recovery for quite a while. When I was brought to my room the nurse told me not to push the button for the pain medication because of the breathing problems and that I would not be getting a muscle relaxant until every one was happy with my O2 intake. I was supposed to be getting a baseline dose of pain medication but somehow that did not occur. Anyway, long story short, I went without any pain meds for about 8 ½ hours. When the staff figured out that I was not getting any meds, I was allowed to push the button. When I did, nothing happened. As you can imagine by this time I was a total basket case with pain and muscle spasms. (Apparently the drug Dilaudid does not work in everyone and I am included in that group. I have no idea why; the doctor said some people are just like that.) So my husband starts calling my doctor because he cannot get a nurse to respond to the nurse call. He finally gets my doctor about 5 AM and he orders Demerol. (I am allergic to morphine.) Once the Demerol hits, I don’t remember anything. I don’t remember eating, walking, doctor visits, going home, nothing. It’s all gone, from the combination of Demerol and Valium according to the doctor. Has anyone out there been through this drug nightmare? And my other question…is taking the muscle relaxant therapeutic or just to be taken on an as needed basis? Will taking it regularly work better than just taking it when the spasms are bad? Thanks