It's been more than 6 weeks now that I had acdf c-5/6. Still feeling worse than before. I started P/T 4 weeks post op,surgeon said no more. As long as I do my stretches at home. At some point I can try massage therapy.
I have been working since week 2. First just 1/2 days. Now full blown 8-10 hour days. I don't have a strenous job but do have to be upright & "on".
I had a visit w/ surgeon last week after p/t left me cold & numb for hours. Xray looks as it should. Next will hope to see fusion starting. Still feeling more pain,but less numbness in upper arm, same numbness in wrist & fingers as before surgery. Reminded again 1 1/2 years to heal.
Now I have my husband whose friend had acdf c-6/7 2 weeks after mine. He went home the same day. He didn't have to stay on morphine pump for 3 days. He is back to work. He is doing fine. He doesn't take pain meds like you. I honestly believe that he thinks I enjoy taking pain meds. I have never been on pain meds for longer than a few days for dental work. Even though he has gone through this with me. What am I supposed to do. I hurt,I feel, I am in pain. I am in no way "getting high" on pain meds. I don't think my pain meds are very strong at all. It never takes all of the pain away but it does lessen it. I am currently on perc. 5/325. Now that will change to something that I do not have to physically go in to get. That's what Dr. said last week.
I have done my best to be strong. I have never been one to lie down & be sick. I admit this has taken it's toll on me. It's all I can do to get up in the morning to go to work & come home & basically make dinner & go to bed as I am unable to do much of anything else.I do not like what this has done to my life, I do not like what it has done to my family, I do not like to be made to feel like a junkie. I am confident that I will soon be better.
I do hope I can soon post a good post op. I'm sorry for the ramble.