Hello everyone I am at the 2 week post surgery mark. I suffered over a year with neck pain, headaches, Pain and numbness in my left arm and fingers. I had my sugery on July 31st 2009. I had donor bone and hardware. My NS wanted me turning my head as soon as I woke up. He only has you wear a soft coller when you are in the vehicle. I had no driving and no lifting heavier than a coffee cup for 2 weeks not the nurse pract. that came in to discharge me said for 4 weeks. So I have have only done light lifting like my plate and light containers of food. ( when I am home alone and don't have anyone to help) I got the closest to my mile walk this am. My dr. wants me walking a mile a day. I was walking 2 -3 times a day walking a half to close to a half a mile a day. This am I felt really good so I may have gotten closer to 1 mile. I did not want to push it more. I really miss walking. Before I started having so much pain I was walking 3 or more miles a day last summer.
I only have a week left of paid sick time. I want to call my dr. and see if I can go back Thursday and Friday half days. Then start full time the following Monday. I do not go back to the dr. till Sept. 1st. He knew I wanted to go back at 4 weeks and said I should probably be able to. I am 39 and work at the court house in the tax assessors office. I sit at a desk and computer all day. So I do not have heavy lifting. I have helped with the laundry a little. I will walk one towel at a time to the wahser. And then when it is done throw one item at a time in the dryer.
I really have not had any complications post surgery. I do get tired more easily. I get muscle spasams occ. in my shoulders now. Other than that as soon as I woke up my headache was gone and the pain in my fingers was gone. It was amazing. I am glad I had this done.
Any advice or suggestions on helping heal.