I am scheduled for ACDF for c4-c7 next Wednesday, 9/23. He said that on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 as the most severe, my situation is at 8 pretty important to be done now. This is the third surgeon I have been to see concerning this condition, he is neuro the other two were ortho. I like him so much better and he answered all my many questions and actually was pleased that I had done so much research. But my question for the Forum is about the surgery recuperation...can anyone here share what it is like? I can't bear the thought of the pain medication, not being able to drive or take care of myself. How long will that really last?