I had a ACDF level 1 (C5-C6) on July 23rd.
Today is my first day back to work and I feel good. Ask me how I feel at the end of the day?!?!
There are still certain turns of the neck I can't do - trying to find a comfy position for sleep is still a challenge, But hopefully it gets better in time.
My voice still cracks and I sound tired if I talk too much.
The incision is good - healing nicely.
I have to retrain myself about the proper posture - I think a collar would have been a good idea for me. But the doctor said they don't use those for my ACDF. OK but prior to surgery my neck was ram rod straight (which is NOT normal), now I am relearning the proper positioning for me neck and by the end of the day I really feel it. Have to stay positive and HOPE my neck posture continues to improve.
I asked the surgeon when I could start running as a form of exercise. He said he wouldn't recommend it. He said running for a "healthy person" eventually takes its toll on the knees, spine etc. And since I already have spine/neck issues - he said it might not be the best thing for me.
So now I have to come up with Plan B
I just wanted to thank everyone for your support and prayers. This board has been so helpful and I am happy I found it.
Thanks again, Kris