I just wanted to give a quick update. On March 23rd, I had an ACDF w/ hardware of c5-c6 due to a herniated disc and a torn ligament. Surgeon said that most of my pre-surgery pain was probably coming from the ligament being torn, which allowed the disc to herniate further.
For the most part, I am doing pretty well. I am back to work (although I still tire very easily), and am back to many of my regular activities. I still have a lifting restriction of 25 pounds and am supposed to watch the bending, and twisting - although I forget about those all the time.
All the numbness in my fingers is gone. But I am still soooooo achy in the back of my neck and sometimes the right side. The muscles still get very tight in those areas, as well as in my right trapezius.
I am wondering what type of pain other neckies still feel. I would like to know if what I'm feeling is normal healing from the ACDF, or if what I'm feeling is from the ligament that is still not healed. (He said that he cut the torn part out)
Thanks for any insight!!