Quote from jjmaxx:I went to my doc today--four weeks post op for double ACDF for c4-5 and c5-6. I mentioned in another thread yesterday that I am in a lot more pain and have lot more numbness than before surgery. He showed me the xrays and said everything looked good as far as the fusion and spacing (like I have anything to compare his analysis to).
Anyway, I think he bleieved I was still in pain--would not refill my percocets but gave me lortab instead, not sure if they will work or not, but the percocet barely touches the pain. Wouldn't give me valium. At a cost to my insurer of $30K for this procedure, I would think the docs woulnd't be so stingy with the meds.
He didn;t have any answers really why I still have so much pain and numbness (my entire left hand is 100% pins and needles 24 x 7). The only thing he mentioned was that my smoking was potenitally to blame, that this could delay the fusion or even prevent it--never told me this prior to surgery or after surgery, just now, 4 weeks later. But then again he said the fusion looked like it was going OK--like I said, no real answers. I am not really upset nor do I blame hm for anything, he is a pretty good guy, but I think the expectations he set prior to surgery were way too rosy.
He said to take it eady for another month and see what happens--he said I may have to do PT which is a bummer, but oh well, I guess I will start analyzing the pain and numbness on a weekly basis and keep a log of the apina nd numbness to see if it improving at all week over week. Thanks to all who replied on the other thread.
First off - I am not a doctor... Only play one on the internet. From everything that I have read, you REALLY want to stay away from the smokes at LEAST for the benefit for the fusion. I'm sure I don't need to say anything else, so I won't.
From there, I do have to say from a lot of my other readings... Your NS is not unlike many others. They generally (mine included) are good at what they do - surgery. They are not too good on the pain and understanding. Of course, there are exceptions, but they seem to be far and few. Personally, I would rather feel confident I picked a NS who did the job right than someone that can deal with me on a personable level but...
You are not the only one that I have seen with a Lortab script so I don't think you are too off there. I don't have one myself, but perhaps I will when I see my guy on April 6th.
All in all, I say take it easy like he said and look for small improvements day to day. Don't get up in the morning and hope to be cured. Unfortunately, in your case (and mine), we did not get that instant benefit! But, I do see improvements now day to day - albeit VERY small. Just look for them!
(and BTW - our pain sounds similar... percocet NEVER touched it for me. just made me feel like crap. Perhaps your problem is more muscle related... If the lortab is muscle stuff, that is good. If not, maybe ask for something more muscle relaxant related?)