I am one-week post-ACDF surgery and I have felt great since around Day 4. Really so good that it's easy for me to forget I'm in recovery at all. I was told not to bend or to lift anything more than 10 pounds, but I really feel like I could. My instinct is just to do stuff -- pick up things I've dropped, move heavy things, etc. It might be easier for me to comply if I understood WHY I can't do this stuff. I understand it has to do with giving the bones a chance to fuse, but if my doc lets me move my neck as much as I want, wouldn't that hurt chances of fusion more than bending down to pick something up? Trying very hard to comply. (And I am for the most part.) I just want to understand why. Help? Thanks.
C5/6 herniation, type 2 diabetes, generalized anxiety disorder