I had a 2 level ACDF C5/6 and C6/7 with donor bone and hardware on Tuesday 2/15. My leg pain was instantly gone and my arm pain is improved. My Dr said I did not need to wear the hard Miami J collar while sitting in the chair/couch or while sleeping. He suggested a travel neck pillow while sleeping. Though when up and about I need the collar.
Nothing I am trying works to get comfortable. I don't feel stable without the neck collar for sleeping. I am afraid I am going to twist or turn or do something wrong and mess up my neck surgery.
I have tried multiple pillows but then my mid back hurts from the weird pressure. The travel pillow just feels strange. I would like to sleep on my side, but I'm not sure how to get the angle correct on my body and the pillows.
The Dr has assured me with the hardware my neck is very tough and I won't be able to injure it while sleeping.