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Hi, I am having ACDF surgery on 3 levels on December 30th. I have a herniation at C4-5 and degernative discs at C5-6 and C6-7. The closer my surgery date gets, the more nervous I'm getting. Have pain and numbness and tingling in both arms and my hands. Also have muscle weakness in both arms and hands. I will be getting a bone graft from a bone bank and a metal plate put in. It doesn't help when people have to give me advice, when they haven't had this type of surgery done on them. My questions are what can I expect after surgery and after I come home from the hospital? What about sleeping in a hard brace, what's that like? Also what about showering? What about eating? How long did the swallowing problems last? Thanks to all who answer