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A 68-year-old male asked:

Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) & valium prescribed after acdf for pain or spasms. after 10 days none present. only have cough & intermittent numbness. is it ok to stop meds?

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management 19 years experience
Good for you: Glad to hear acdf (cervical spine surgery) has worked out for you with no pain or spasms for 10 days. At 10 days out, valium & Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) would be used as needed. If there is no pain, insomnia, anxiety or spasms, there is no good reason to take these. Persistent cough, numbness, difficulty swallowing should be reported to the spine surgeon.
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Dr. Ricardo Borrego
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Yes: It seems from your lack of pain and spasms you no longer need Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) or valium. That being said, I have concerns you need to have addressed by your surgeon related to your cough and intermittent numbness. May be due to temporary swelling, but be sure...See your surgeon.
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Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Cough after intubation is normal for a few weeks. In the absence of fever no worries. Numbness that is not worsening is fine. May take weeks or months to improve.
Apr 23, 2013
Last updated Apr 30, 2018


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