I was here a while back...nervous about my then upcoming 3-level ACDF (with hardware) surgery. (4-5, 5-6, & 6-7) Then my puter crashed and I lost you guys...
...well I just found you again and I wanted to tell you guys that I am now fused completely!
I feel *SO* much better than I did before surgery. Even as soon as I woke up, the pain in my shoulder that traveled down my arm was gone. the numbness was gone too. Since my operation was in the afternoon, I stayed in the hospital overnight. They had me on morphine at first, then started me on lortabs. As soon as my pain was manageable, they sent me home. I had to wear a soft collar for only 3 days. I took the lortabs for about a week, then switched to tylenol. Every once in a while I needed a lortab after over-doing it...I tended to "forget" I had the operation.
I will say this...invest in a wedge pillow. It was a life-saver for me that first week or so.
As of now, I am virtually pain-free. I have arthritis in my neck too, so I get a little pain from it, but everything else is doing pretty darn well!