I had my surgery (ACDF c5-c7) twelve days ago. All went well and now recovering at home. Pain was dissipating right up until I had the surgery, but right arm was weak and fingers were numb. After speaking with my Neurosurgeon post-op, he indicated that the spine and nerve were pinched to such a degree that surgery was definitely the right choice. Anyway, anticipating being in the cervical collar 8-12 weeks and having some therapy beginning in a couple of weeks. My fingers are still numb and arm is still weak, but not as bad as before. Just wondering if anyone else with similair surgery, how long were you in the collar and did you have issues sleeping? Also can I start doing some kind of strength exercises (2-4 lb dumbell curls) or should I wait for therapist to advise?