I'm brand-new to Spine-Health and just had a C6-C7 ACDF on December 16th. I'm a 27 yr old female athlete and this was my very1st surgery (first time going under as well, I was terrified!). Before surgery, I was an avid CrossFitter and I especially love olympic weighlifting. I have 2 more herniated discs that for the time-being do not require surgery. I know that I'll need to stay away from handstand pushups as to not make these other 2 bulges worse, but I'm going crazy not working out right now and am wondering if there is anyone else on this forum that has recovered fully and been able to get back to olympic weighlifting and CrossFit? What is the typical timeline like and what kind of movements/lifts can I ease back into?
Also, how long is it normal to be taking muscle relaxers and hydrocodone post-surgery? I'm wearing my soft collar about 50% of the time and am trying to build up my neck strength..but am still taking pills because of the intense stiffness/soreness between my shoulder blades. I'm going back to my Neurosurgeon tomorrow for my 1st follow-up since surgery and am hoping that he will remove the steri-strips!