Had an Anterior Cervical Diskectomy and Fusion at C4-7 last Tuesday, April 12.
I am happy to report that I survived, despite the steroids they gave me in the hospital making me throw up and go into atrial fibrillation the day after the surgery. I can't do steroids without issues (obviously!), so I am beyond thrilled to now be off ALL the steroids and on my way to recovering my brain! Norco and steroids -- yeah, what a trip. (Anyone else hallucinate about Legos or Obama?)
Pain levels are nice and low (in fact, right now any pain I have seems to be surgically related, or just muscle spasms from wearing the darned collar). Hoping that means the surgery worked.
I'm having a dickens of a time getting comfortable enough to sleep at night -- bed is just out, can't do it. Propping on the sofa with about 1000 pillows, but then I get stiff.
And I'm having a few swallowing problems -- I guess that's to be expected this early in the game. I can do soft stuff no problem, but soft-ish stuff like meatballs, meatloaf, cheese are a bit tough to get down, and bacon met with no success at all. Think I'll go back to yogurt, pudding, and soggy cereal for awhile.
And the collar (a VistaTX with thoracic extension) is going to make me insane. I wore a Milwaukee brace during much of my adolescence and don't remember it being this annoying (I'm sure it was worse, I just don't remember it). Maybe I'm just older, crankier and less adaptable. SO thankful this is much more temporary, but still don't know how many months we're looking at.
So ... overall I feel very good about the surgery and am definitely happy to be more myself. Just going to be an adjustment comfort-wise in a million little ways.