I'm learning the hard way about little things you probably don't want to do in early recovery. i went for an eye exam yesterday and when they did that thing where they shoot a puff of air into your eye (glaucoma test?), I reflexively jerked my head back and tweaked my neck. I don't think I did any permanent damage from such little movement but I am still hurting today.
When they did the second eye I held the back of my neck with my hand and it was fine. This is also what I do to suuport my neck when I get out of my recliner and it works well. (I don't have to wear my collar full-time anymore.)
I am 13 days post single-level ACDF c5/6.
Posting this in case I can save someone else from having this little annoyance occur.
C5/6 herniation, type 2 diabetes, generalized anxiety disorder