I'm just coming up on five days post ACDF (C5-6-7). I'm trying to figure out why I feel so much worse at night. I've been trying to take my meds on schedule (nucynta plus zanaflex) instead of waiting for the pain to hit me (since I'm very prone to waiting too long), but for whatever reason the meds don't seem to make nearly as much of a dent at night - they don't make me nearly as tired, and they don't sooth nearly as much of the pain, which makes this near-impossible task of sleeping even more impossible, even before I even attempt to sleep. It's a combination of this feeling of just an overall body ache, plus a very intense ache/tightness in my shoulders and back, and to a lesser degree in my arms. I'm not feeling any specific pain related to the surgery site. I have a powered lift chair which isn't soft enough and doesn't recline enough to really work for sleeping, and I've been otherwise trying to sleep on the sofa.
Any clues or suggestions at all on how to deal with this? I had a very ugly night last night and seem to be having another one tonight. It certainly isn't helping me physically or emotionally to go through this.