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ACDF post op question

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
It has been almost 4 weeks since my ACDF 5/6 surgery. I am still having alot of pain in my neck. The pain seems to be mostly in my collar bone area (on oppisite side of scar) and in the back of my neck. I am so tired and have very little energy. How long should I expect for my doctor to have me on pain medication? The thought of not having any medication for this pain is very scary. My other question is how normal is it to feel so exhausted after 4 weeks. Please help. I feel so alone. Everyone thinks I should be up and back to normal.


  • I continued with Narcotic pain relievers for 3 months even though I went back to work at 7 weeks post op. I had zero energy and found it hard to even get dressed most days. You are not alone. Many people who have had the same procedure are almost always feeling much better or as close to normal as possible by 3 months. I'm not the typical patient. I'm still dealing with nerve pain 5 months after surgery. So everyone's recovery is different and we all heal at different rates but you are completely normal at this point in your recovery as a matter of fact you're pretty early in your recovery.
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