Hi...Today I'm 3 wks. post op my C5-C7 ACDF...At this point my symptoms before my surgery are all gone other than a little pain in both feet, last week I was worried because I had a few days of numbness/tingling in my right toes. Had my 2 wk. post op check Friday and the doctor said because of the trauma to the nerves around the spinal cord because of the surgery things can become inflammed and I might have some episodes of numbness/tingling off and on. My swallowing pain is minimal now and I can eat regular foods again. The lump under my incision which the doctor said is a 'seroma' is getting smaller every day, I still put ice on it (doctor's orders) and it isn't as tender, it takes time to absorb the fluids (probably from a small bleeder) back into the body. I'm trying to do at least a half mile on the treadmill walking and I'm still having neck, upper back, and shoulder muscle pain which I'm still using ice to relieve, the walking helps my muscle pain. Every day the muscle pain is less unless I overdo, then ouch!
I'm still using Percocet and muscle relaxers, the doctor encouraged me to try Valium for break through muscle spasms which has also helped. I'm sleeping in my regular bed so no more recliner for the last week, and I'm still wearing my soft collar off and on throughout the day and while sleeping.
I felt better after my 2 wk. check and I asked lots of questions that have cropped up, like my range of motion limitations. I've been a little paranoid about how sturdy my hardware in my neck is and my doctor reassured me that it would take a lot to break it and it's pretty sturdy. That said I'm still very careful not to turn my head too far or lift more than instructed and to get plenty of rest. This was a scary surgery for me as I know it is for many others so just wanted to post, just in case any info or experience I'm having can help anyone else. Best wishes,