I had two large herniations removed c6c7 two weeks ago. The Dr. said it would be minimally invasive. I really don't agree with that now the surgery is over. I spent 3 days in the hospital and I've been off work 3 weeks. I will go back only for 1/2 days for a while. This is very hard to deal with since I'm a typical two job worker always on the go, who loves to live life to the fullest and go out all the time.
Anyone please tell me how long this will take to heal? I already started Physical therapy in my second week. I'm in terrible pain and my Dr. wants to ween me off pain meds already. I don't agree at all. I tried weening and was in terrible pain. The pain is not the incision so much, but a constant throbbing pain in my neck as if my head is a bowling ball. I also get a stabbing burning pain to the right of the incision if I move wrong. I may have overdone it this week, my therapist says I need more rest and at least two-1 hour naps a day. Which I'm seriously have been napping. But I'm already trying to clean and do laundry. I ice/heat several times a day and sleep with a heating pad. I'm also working on my isometric stretches already. My belief is to keep moving. Sleep is very hard for me now, it really hurts at night.
What's your advice for a depressed gal?