I'm officially one week post op (ACDF)and am really hoping I'm not screwing my neck up. My doctor gave me a hard neck brace to wear when up and about, and a soft neck brace to wear when I'm in bed. But it seems that when I have my soft brace on, I've been waking up occasionally with a dull headache at the base of my skull where my neck meets. Also, when I'm laying there, I try to get settled in for the night, nestling my head into my pillow, rearranging the position of my head without trying to move much, but every so often my neck will pop loudly around the top of my neck/skull base. Which really freaks me out. My ACDF was lower down @ c4-6. I'll also get this snap, crackle, pop after I've layed in bed for awhile and then get up and walk around. It's almost like my neck is trying to realign itself once I get into an upright position.
I guess I really didn't expect my neck to do this and am wondering if anyone else has experienced this?