I am now 4 weeks post op for ACDF at C6/7 this is the third operation but by far the worst recovery.
I am sore and exhausted , I cannot speak without it being a forced whisper like action that becomes gurgle like as the day goes on each conversation is exhausting.
I am panicking
I pretty much talk for a living, I do training programs for engineers and teach large groups, I also coach high level soccer.
My initial injury was in 1980 and result was fusion of C4/5 added C6 in 1996 due to wear and bone spurs...
This time the diagnosis was worse , I was rec. to add C3 and C7 but we chose to only do C7 to try to relieve the pain and numbness ,
Surgeon said it was a mess inside but did not say that this was going to last this long ... I dont know if I should try to force myself to talk or rest the voice and let it "heal" or if I should see my primary care now or wait till the 2 month fusion check.
Looking for advice ...