I am just over two weeks post-op from a C5/C6, C6/C7 ACDF w/hardware.
I am doing pretty well. My incision covering just fell off yesterday so the incision area is still a bit uncomfortable. I still have pain and sometimes numbness in my right shoulder and down the arm that comes and goes. Some pain directly in the back of the neck. I continue to take percocet when needed....usually one a day and two at bedtime. I am planning to return to work (desk job) this week part-time as approved by my surgeon. I will not see my surgeon until 4 weeks post-op at which time I will have an xray that he will review. I wear a soft collar at night and an aspen collar when awake and will continue to do so for at least the next 2 weeks.
I seem to have severe muscle stiffness to both sides of my neck (back of shoulder area) - I've always had such a problem but it seems to be hurting more than usual now...perhaps because of the collars and not moving, maybe. Has anyone else experienced anything like this and, if so, are you taking any muscle relaxants in addition to your pain meds? Thanks for any words of wisdom!