I was recovering quite well after my 2-level ACDF (C4-6). In fact, I was just contemplating the 6 weeks mark post about my experience so far... until I took a fall forward today on my daily walk.
I was walking at a brisk pace when my shoe got caught up in the pavement tile and I was thrown forward, head first. I managed to catch myself right before hitting the ground, but my neck did hyperextend and jerked violently, as did my head. Immediately after this fall i’ve experienced neck pain (which was completely gone for 2 weeks now), headache,tingling in the right hand, feet and head, as well as a lovely“choking” sensation similar to that I had in the first few post-surgery weeks.
Needless to say i'm terrified that I've messed up my surgeon's work...My 4-week post-op appointment showed that everything was going great, so it's far too early to schedule another follow-up. I'm really hoping this is just muscular reaction, but the tingling is not very encouraging.
Does anyone have an experience with a similar fall? Is this a real reason for concern?
My doctor did say that the hardware will withstand a significant force, and I should not worry too much about my daily activities. However, i'm not sure if such a fall qualifies as "significant force".
I'm scared and in pain. Any thoughts would be appreciated! Thank you.