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Day 18 Post Two Level ACDF

sissyjanessissyjane Posts: 63
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:03 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Im worse this week than I was last week. Is this normal? Last Tuesday my surgeon told me I could drive with my collar on and do a few things around the house. I tried, and I think I overdid everything. I'm not driving again for a while. It kills my neck and shoulders and scares me to death. I'm back to letting everybody else do everything... Dr. told me I can take my soft collar off at home, but now I'm afraid to do that too...

I'm mostly afraid that I won't fuse. I wouldn't let myself read anything negative before my surgery, but I have now, and I wish I hadn't.

I spent yesterday crying and feeling sorry for myself, which I hate!


  • Maybe ask your Dr. about a bone growth stimulator if your afraid of you back not fusing. Might help to put your mind at ease.

    Just because someone else on this forum has had issues doesn't mean that you will. Your still early in your recovery so give it some time. Most Dr.s don't tell you how long it will actually take for you to go back to what you were doing, if you even can.

    Good luck.
  • I'll put it on the question list for my next appointment in five weeks.
  • bookcatbbookcat United States Posts: 66
    a slow and extended period of recovery. I'm borrowing this from another topic post because it made so much sense to impatient me. You are so early in recovery and I've read elsewhere on the forums that day 17 or 18 can mark a hiccup in the overall recovery process. Patience is the word I plan to use during my first 8-12 weeks.

    Please be patient and kind to yourself. And keep on posting as you go through your recovery so we know how you get on. I'll be looking.

    Good luck,

    2-level ACDF (C5-7) 8/6/12
    3 PLIFs (L2-5): 2003, 2005, 2008
    PLIF L1-3 6/13
    ACDF (C5-7) 8/12
    PLIF (L2-5) 2003/05/08
  • I'm doing much better now, and go to the surgeon on Monday for my second post-op appointment. I hope I'm fusing!
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