I went in for a four level (C3-C7) ACDF with iliac crest bone graft on August 22nd. My NS instructed me to wear the Miami Collar when I go out and I spent the first two weeks sleeping on my recliner. I'm trying my bed again and it seems to be ok if I wear the collar.
My issue is this - I've been experiencing a lot of anxiety since my surgery. I'm terrified that I'm going to accidentally hurt myself by moving my head the wrong way. Going out is a miserable experience. The car is uncomfortable, I'm worried about someone hitting our car, and walking any distance is incredibly painful even using a cane. We have my mom's walker and I'm wondering if that would be a better alternative to the cane because the weight is distributed more evenly.
The pain is also odd. It's moving all around. My doctor says it's the nerves regenerating.
I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced anxiety post op.
I've had numerous pelvic surgeries and this is the first time that I've ever been scared afterwards.
Thoughts? Feedback? I'd truly appreciate it.
4 level ACDF, C3-C7 with iliac bone crest graft with hardware on August 22nd.