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16 days post ACDF

dmdocddmdoc Posts: 13
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi Everyone,
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,


  • Dana,

    My first fusion was the C5/6, and your post could have been my words back then! I found my ROM actually a wee bit better after surgery, and to that I think it is due to lack of pain vs pre-surgery! I'm very glad to see all is well with you. Fingers crossed you continue to heal and improve. :)

    As far as NSAIDS, not good for fusion. He might tell you "noppers" until fusion has begun.

    We all love success here!!!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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