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carrying stuff after ACDF

I am 17 days post ACDF c5/6. I've been feeling great. I'm still out of work on doc's orders. I have my next followup on the 14th and expect to be cleared for work on the 15th.

For folks a little further in recovery than me, when did your doc end lifting restrictions? And when he/she did, how did you find it best to carry stuff? Shoulder bag? Backpack? Rolling bag? For work I need to carry about 15 pounds of gear with me, often for more than half a mile. I'm trying to pare down my gear but even at bare minimum it's around 12 pounds. Any advice? i will ask my doc at the post-op as well but by then it will be tough to get what i need quickly because i expect to go back to work the day after the appointment. help! thanks.
C5/6 herniation, type 2 diabetes, generalized anxiety disorder


  • I was told at about 12 weeks that they would lift the restrictions. That's a lot of gear to haul around. Do you push a cart at the grocery store yet? I know its not quite the same. I have pushed a cart but only as long as its not getting full. Otherwise it starts to be too much for me yet. Hopefully your Doc can give you more answers. Of course just about every doctor in my area as well as on here has different preferences on everything so maybe it will be ok
    Tracie C
  • Yes, I can push a grocery cart easily. I do feel like something (ie. a rolling laptop bag) would be strain my neck more, although I haven't tried it. I really feel like I can do most anything although I do get tired much more easily and if I do too much then I am achy that night and the next morning. I'm afraid of doing too much and ruining the fusion.
    C5/6 herniation, type 2 diabetes, generalized anxiety disorder
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