Chiari Online Support Group

Four days post operation

Hello, I had suboccipital decompression, c1 laminectomy with autologous duraplasty August 28th. It went well, the bone of c1 was thicker than the surgeon expected from my scans so it was creating more compression. My current pain is surgical, I do feel relief in my head from how I felt previously with chiari headaches and symptoms to far. I hope it continues. I chose a non-narcotic medication route for home which is best for me, it takes the pain edge off, allows be to cohearant and still feel some pain to know what not to do. Then I wont have the trouble of weaning of narcotics. Post op troubles would be constipation, I didn have strong IV drugs in ICU but got off of those with in 12 hours or so. Anesthesia can do a lot to a person so I need to remember that I am recovering from that as well. The main issue last night was finding a safe and compforter way to sleep. I should have asked more questions about before discharge. But upright either on back or side seems best keeping my head above my shoulders. My neck range of motion is decent. I walked one day post op and would walk short laps on nuero floor and I really think that helps. I felt better each time. I walked in my yard yesterday. No bending or lifting or anything strenuous. I have post op appointment with in two weeks and will have more questions. I have an amazing surgeon and team that took care of me and my faith in an higher power. Thanks for reading. Grateful I am on this recovery path. I am 40 years old.

Welcome to the community, Sak. How wonderful that your post-op period has gone well for you. Congratulations!

We love reading, so no need to thank us for that! What you can do for the rest of us, though, is keep in touch and let us know how things are going in a few days or a few weeks. And be on the lookout for members who are still facing decompression surgery: they will really appreciate your reassurance and experience!

Glad you found us, Sak!

Seenie from ModSupport

Hi i have a really soft blanket that i tuck around my neck to give it a bit of support as i found my pillow left a gap at my neck. It might help.

Thank you so much! I am grateful to have found this group. Have a good day