Everyone is different I guess, I was back to work on Monday 4 days post Op, with light duty. I do well with the pain meds, but nights are a beast! Fireworks down both arms and serious aches, but as soon as I get out of bed and walk around, and of course take the morning meds, I am fine again, all day. I have only a slight achy feeling in my back and shoulders and neck, with a few shocks here and there. I was told the soft collar was only if I needed it, and I hardly wear it. I use it to ice my scar, its so raised, almost like I have a straw under my skin, but it is pink and closed completely.
Strange thing for me was my lower leg nerve pain has left me completely, I thought it was from my lower bad discs, but apparently not. I did have cord compression in two places so maybe that was it...I use to have to sway when I stood still to soften the pain, but that pain is gone.
I think I am healing pretty good and will follow-up with my neuro in June. after all its only nine days. But I tell ya, nights are a total bitch for me, I have to prop myself up to almost siting to stay comfortable otherwise it is major fireworks and some serious sleep disrupting pain.
I want off the meds completely and tried Friday - oops! Not a good idea. Oh and I feel a little depressed because I am not 100% pain free yet.