August 3, 2009 I had the anterior fusion of c 4,5,6. Plus, the removal of all arthritis spurs that were against my spinal cord. As well as spinal adjustment. My cervical spine had a bow in it & was shifted to the left. It is corrected & the metal plate attached. Afterward, I was told while the fusion would heal nicely & the pain be removed; the spinal cord would take a year. Also, the spasms i was experiencing in my muscles & nerves would continue for quite sometime as it take them a bit to settle down. I am already off the vicodin (been seven days now). I have allergies to codeine & morphine so the sooner the better to get off these drugs. Plus, I have a high tolerance for pain and ice works magic on spasming muscles, & nerves.
However, I was NOT prepared for these headaches. Holy cow. I move my head it hurts. I lie down it hurts, turn my head. It is only on the left side & top left. Last time I asked my surgeon he said it was the withdrawal from the vicodin. I told him I was still on it when these would crop up.
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