Hi all. I went for an xray a couple of days ago and had my first post op visit yesterday. 25 days after acdf c5-6.
They said everything is going as it should be. The muscle spasms and stuff are all normal after this surgery. My xray looked good--hardware and screws where they should be. The incision looks good except for a stitch that is trying to come out but it should dissolve soon.
As most know, I had no post op restrictions and only wore a soft collar a few days. I've slept with it on since the beginning and I've slept good so I still do. I didn't ask about whether I should stop that...hey, if it works I don't see a problem do you? I told them that the spasms got really bad after I mopped (I'm still recovering from the beating I got from my friends here after that! lol
). The PA and the surgeon didn't seem to think I shouldn't do that. They still say I can do normal stuff. I asked them if I had any weight restrictions and they said not really...just use common sense and be aware of the position my neck is in. My so called common (or uncommon) sense tells me that I'm not mopping again for a few weeks! I do all of my other regular housekeeping stuff besides vacuuming. My vacuum is very heavy and hard to push so my son does that everyday. (Besides, it does my heart good to watch him do it...ahhh hehe)
They gave me a script for (30)lortab 5mg, and (40)flexeril 10 mg. I was amazed they gave me anything! I didn't ask for different muscle relaxers because the spasms have lessened a lot since last weekend. I didn't ask them why no one returned my call to the office last week either.
Anyway, so far so good. Ups and downs. Laugh today, whine tomorrow...I'm still very pleased with the results so far. My arm/hand pain is gone plus so is my back/butt/leg pain (that I'd had since having a myelogram in Jan. 09) for some miraculous reason but hey...I'll take it and pray for this relief to last!
Just wanted to let you all know how it went. I have another appointment on December 3. Until then they told me to keep doing what I've been doing. So I guess I'll just have to keep eating and gaining weight...well they told me to keep on...