Well, on Monday I had an ACDF w/hardware on c5/c6. Once the NS got in there, he found that I had a torn ligament in my neck in addition to the herniation. He said that much of my discomfort might have come from that.
As for the surgery, things went well. I spent 1 night in the hospital (not a pleasant one - a lot of nausea from anesthesia). I have to wear a hard collar for 3-4 weeks, and I believe that's what I am having the hardest time with. I can't get comfortable ever, and I have a lot of achiness/pain in the back of my neck and shoulders. I had to stop taking my pain meds because of nausea, so the doctor has put me on a steroid pack. Hopefully this will help with the muscle spasms. All in all, I think my recovery has been better than expected. My throat feels weird, but I have been able to eat regular foods. Sleeping is tough, but I think that's par for the course.
Hopefully things will only get better from here.