I had my C4/5/6 ACDF on April 22nd, 10 weeks ago and was told I would wear an Aspen hard brace for 90 days. At my 8 wk follow-up appt, my surgeon told me that I could start sleeping without the hard brace if it didn't cause me pain. I tried that for three days and was experiencing a LOT of pain, so I starting wearing the brace 24x7 again after calling the surgeon's office.
Before I took the brace off, my shoulders and arms weren't hurting following the surgery, but the pain hasn't gone away after having the brace off for three nights. It's been excruciating some days and better on others; but never pain free.
I haven't driven since the surgery. My commute is 30 minutes in interstate traffic. I should be returning to work in a couple weeks without a brace and I must say I am terrified of the pain I will be in.
I am seeking others experience with how long they used a hard brace and how they felt after discontinuing it's use.
Any advice is welcome. Thx