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Post ACDF Surgery - Sitting at Computer

I am 6 weeks out from ACDF C5-6-7 surgery and wondering if anyone else has pain while sitting at a computer for more than 45 minutes. If so, does this get better over time?


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
    Sorry, this is not good news for you. I too had C4.5. 5,6; and 6,7 surgery (2008 until 2012). I still have considerable neck pain which only goes away when I lie down - no way to spend your spare hours. If I get up and do some computer stuff, my neck gets very sore after 1/2 to 1 hour. I have many other posts you may want to look at. I have tried every treatment that has been recommended, including nerve root blocks, opioid pain killers (a waste of time) phsyio, reiki, heat, ice etc etc. Nothing did much of anything for me. I would love to know if you or any other readers have found relief in perhaps some new methods! Note, although I am a senior, I have always been physically active and had done 6 marathons prior to my surgeries. Now I feel as fit as your average cabbage. Good luck to you and hope we all find relief, sooner than later.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    edited 01/24/2016 - 7:47 PM
    to reduce some of the additional discomfort and stress from computer work.

    That is to get up away from the computer every 60 minutes or so, walk around, stretch , do some exercises for at least 5 minutes before returning to the computer. I was a programmer and used computers for almost 35 years. I participated in every possible ergonomic workstation environment and none of them provided the same level of relief as simply getting up.
    I have a software alarm clock that goes off every 55 minutes when I am working at the computer to remind me.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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