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Recovery time from cervical fusion surgery

MaryDavisMMaryDavis Posts: 1
edited 02/25/2015 - 11:50 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am almost two weeks out from my neck surgery. I'm just wondering if I should be feeling better than I am at this point. I'm always tired. Just getting showered an dressed is tiring. My girlfriends don't understand why I'm too tired to go out on Girls Night since we "just eat and drink together". After sitting and watching my son play college baseball for 3 hrs I can hardly wait to get home, curl up in bed and sleep for hours. All I want to do is relax on a recliner because then there's no pain or aching. Is this normal?
Mary Christina


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  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 552
    You are still very early in your recovery! You had major spine surgery & you need to give your body time to rest from it. I think at the 2 week point after my neck surgery, I was just starting to walk a bit out in the yard? If I felt up to it, I would walk down the street, maybe 2 houses away, and walk back. That's all the further my husband would allow me! You will feel your body getting stronger week by week, but don't push yourself too far this early on.
  • rtconant1rrtconant1 Posts: 348
    edited 02/25/2015 - 2:20 PM
    2 weeks out from surgery is very early in the recovery. I think you and your friends need to give you (yourself) a break. You are not indestructible. I was feeling probably the same as where you are at. I was still taking pain meds regularly and sleeping often. I tended to try to push myself and I ended up paying for it later. Your friends could come over to visit when its a good time as long as they bring the food and drinks and not stay long. And don't feel like you need to entertain, as before mentioned, any surgery on your neck and spine is a huge deal. I would think they would want people to respect that too if they were in your situation.
    Tracie C
  • I'm over 11 weeks out, and couldn't wait to get under my electric blankie tonight, I am pure exhausted. Being so tired at 2 weeks is normal. And then as you heal, you do more, and then you get tired again!! My surgeon said most people start to feel themselves at the 3 month mark. I think it will be longer for myself, personally.
    Be kind to yourself!

    ACDF w/Corpectomy C3-6 12/8/14 ; Laminectomy C3-6  5/19/2016

  • mhugsmmhugs Posts: 59
    edited 02/26/2015 - 5:44 AM
    can ride home from the hospital and 2 weeks later to his office for post-op
    no driving while in the collar or on pain meds

    can't imagine sitting 3 hours at a game post surgery...
    you shouldn't be drinking while on on pain meds or being around lots of people being exposed to viruses
    YOUR BODY NEEDS TO HEAL!!!!! You'll pay in the long run. REST REST REST
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