Hi All :H
I just thought I would post a little update!! And, a few questions here!
It was 30 days post of yesterday Oct the 3rd since my 2 level ACDF at C 4-5 and C 5-6.
I am now up to about 3 miles a day that I usually do in 3 sessions 1 mile at a time.
An unseasonable cold weather system has decended upon us starting yesterday and dropped our temps from the low 80's to the 50 or low 60's
There has been wind and rain, which we have had no meassurable amount of rain in a long time. I live in partial desert arrea with wooded mounttains above and around me.
Anyway, I wanted to get my walking in yesterday before the weather and I walked all the 3 miles at one time! Shame shame on me! I did sit down durning the 3 miles at least one time for about 5 minutes.
I totally justified it because I was not walking fast kinda just strolling.
Where I live there are many elderly people who all walk. so I walk with them at their pace sometimes. as was the case yesterday for 1/4 of the toal 3 miles.
I also feel the weather effects my pain does it yours!!! All my bones are achey and my muscles are achey today.
Since my surgery I have been doing pretty good. The left sided neck pain is gone and there has been no arm weakness to really speak of. At least not like before.
There has been a lot of right sided neck pain that is deep inside. I had right sided pain before surgery but not quite like this so I don't know what to make of it yet. I also get some weird sensations on that right side that I never had before.
I think this Aspen collar causes me some pain as well that I may confuse with symptoms of my neck issues.
???? Did any wone experience pain issues they thought were from their neck but once they were out of a hard collar the pains went away??
My next PM visit is on the 13th and the next Ortho visit is on the 14th of Oct.
At the next PM visit I just dont't know if I am ready to go down on my meds yet. SOme days are real good and I do not take the full amounts and other days are still bad and I take the full amounts.
The good thing is that I am seeing pain levels down in the 3-4-5 range for hours at a time, which is something that I have nod had in a long time so I take that as a good sign!
??????I might be starting PT after the Oct 14th visit with ortho so should I wait to go down on meds until after I start PT ?????
The only drug I want off of is the valium, because I feel I can manage the spasms with something a bit less stronger
?????--How many times a week did your doc order PT for ACDF recovery??? I know every doc is different, but just wondering....
???---and were you able to drive by the time you were sent to the PT=???? Big deal for me because trying to get rides to the PT could be a problem. Hmmmm any ideas.
Any how today is an especially high pain day and I am planning to just stick in doors until the rain goes through.
hope to hear any suggestions or thoughts from those of you who have done this surgery before me!!