~X( It will be six weeks on Tuesday for me. I am still on soma and vicodine every now and then. I is usually 1 soma 3 times a day and the vicodine when I over do it. I hurt worse when I wake up or am in am car too long. I start physical therapy on Tuesday so hopefully we can address these problems.
I am one of the Americans who still smokes. I have cut down a lot and I am going to try to quite very soon. I only had to wear the soft collar when I was in the car or walking around outside. So I really did not wear it much. My NS says I am doing great, I still have to wear the bone stimulator for about another month.
My job was going to let me go if I did not return to work before the middle of October. I work in a factory which says they can accommodate any disability. Well I begged my doctor to let me go back, before he says I am ready. He set me up on tight restrictions until early next year. Guess what they said they might not have a job for me. Funny how they say they can accommodate everyone. So if they do not have anything for me to do I guess it is unemployment. As my NS said 3 months is the minimum to go back to work and it will take up to a year for the bone to fuse. He also said why the restrictions are the way they are is because with the ACDF you put more strain on the top and the bottom and you do not want to screw it up.
I totally understand what everyone is saying about pain meds. Do people really think we enjoy them? Trust me I am not getting high of them, sometimes they do not even help cut the pain and spasms. If I could take an aspirin and it would go away I would. When I had my kidney stone blasted in January and called the doctor to get more pain meds, the receptionist said her husband had it to and was good to go the next day. I wanted to scream at her and say " if I had a job where I sat on my a** all day I would be fine too. Now at my job I have the HR chick say how do you put your shoes on if you really cant move your neck. I told her I wear slip ons. I should have said I am not tying shoes for 12 hrs a day. I am so tiered of people treating us like we are either faking or we are junkies. I would much rather have done anything else then to get my neck cut open. On the outside we all look good except for our new battle scars, but on the inside when the muscles start to wake up and everything is going back to where it belongs is another story. I guess we all need to remember our pain did not happen over night and we lived with it a long time before surgery, so it will take a while for it to heal. Thanks for letting me vent.