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fatigue by noon

catccat Posts: 29
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I'm at 11 weeks post op from acdf c7t1 and find I get so tired by noon....I really want to lie down for an hour...is it normal to have this fatigue at 11 weeks recovery? I'm returning to work in 3 weeks hopefully and I won't be able to lie down at noon....I know pain and meds cause fatigue....how does one build up endurance or do you just keep going? Does anyone else get this tired?


  • Hello,

    I am about two weeks removed from ACDF (3-4 and 4-5). It could well be the meds that are tiring you. I have been off my meds for about a week, and have been walking religiously. My energy levels are good right now. But so many things may be a factor. Medicine, activity level depending on how you feel, foods, anything.

    But I do hope you feel better......you will get there, it's not always easy rebounding from a major surgery.

    Good luck!
  • If you Haven't started walking program, now would be a good time to do so. That will help build your endurance. After my first surgery, I began a routine of what I would normally do for work, before I went back and each day did a little more. So I basically mimicked my job on a daily basis. By the time I went back to work while still hard I was some what in shape for my job.
  • Thanks for the advise..I started walking right away and got up to 2 mile a day and unfortunately developed hip bursitis...I read on the forum that this has happened to others...so have to curtail the walking for a while.. Like the idea of mimicking the job...I'll try that. Hope I can get rid of the bursitis in 3 weeks. thanks
  • I can't mimic my job. I work in a busy restaurant doing 11 hour shifts. I go back in less than 2 weeks. We will see how this works out!

    I don't get tired around noon but I do about 5pm.

    I take Vicodin at night, and 5mg Valium at 10 and 4.

    I am 6 weeks post op. I have my xrays and office visit on mon!! :/ I have a whole list of questions for doc!
    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
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