It has been 3 months since my 4 level ACDF. I have been meaning to post about my progression but life has been busy. For a long while I was depressed, thinking I had simply swapped one kind of pain for another. That changed about 2 weeks ago. I suddenly had a big improvement in the muscle pain in my neck and shoulders. I still have pain but it is mostly manageable as long as I schedule some down time in the late afternoon.
I am still having swallowing issues. Bread and meat are a problem as is some pills.The surgeon wants me to see an ENT doctor. I haven't yet scheduled but will if I don't see improvement in the next week or two.
The extended period of inactivity has caused a flareup of lower back pain. An x-ray shows arthritis there as well. I am now going to physical therapy and that is helping lots. I think I now see a light at the end of this tunnel.
Spine-health is a wonderful resource but only those with lingering problems tend to stick around. This gives newbies the impression that surgery is not very successful. I have been guilty of not posting as often as I did in the beginning. It is just so freeing to be able to have a life again and I have found myself very busy lately.
I wish good luck to all awaiting surgery and speedy healing to those who have had surgery.
4 level ACDF completed on January 3rd.
I developed an infection which required reopening the wound on January17th
Looking forward to life without as much pain!