I had an ACDF with artificial graft c5-c6. The first week the only complaint I had was pain with swallowing, but that was not so bad. It was hard to swallow pain pills, but ice packs felt great! My throat is mostly healed but I am more sore in my neck than I have been since surgery. I have more range of motion of my neck so maybe I am moving it more than I should be. I have some tightness of my muscles in my shoulders and back, but it was far worse prior to surgery. What have your docs said about taking motrin? I forgot to ask my surgeon. I see him Thursday. Is it normal to have an increase in pain before it gets better. I just want to get back to driving and work!
Wishing everyone well,