Recovering from C5-6-7 two level ACDF on 22 November 2011. Only wore a soft collar occasionally, as directed, and have been walking 3-5 miles each day from 3 days after surgery. Recovery is very slow and full of "ups and downs". Don't feel myself and main pain is across right shoulder around behind my ear and across to the front of my head. Feels inflamed, but anti-inflamatories not possible during the fusing period. X-ray and follow-up in 4 weeks time. Has anyone else had the sort of pain & any suggestions on how to deal with it? I guess patience and taking it easy are a big part of the answer - I also take 8 x 100/8 cocodamol each day.
A period of great uncertainty!