Hi all I had my follow up today and can now take off the hard collar, my surgeon wants me to get an X-ray and see him in a month and if all looks good I can start pt. He told me it will take a while for everything to settle down and gave me script for pain and I am going to try to make it last a month, if taken as prescribed it will last 12 days. My goal is to start working out on my bowflex again as it has been over two years and also get off of Vicodin, I've been on it for awhile and want to start weeding myself off. Thank you everyone for your support and I hope we all have good recoveries and I do feel a little better already with collar off. Time to slowly start loosening those pissed off muscles, I still have some nerve pain but it is much better then before surgery. God Bless, Joe
ACDF C5-6 July 10, 2012 with plate and screws.