Well I am two weeks post ACDF at C4/5. Yesterday I was piddling around my backyard. Decided to water my tomato plants, and as I was putting the hose back I tripped on the hose and jostled myself. I immediately felt some neck pain and as the day progressed the pain got worse, started radiating to my shoulder blade. Took a couple Percocet which didn't help and at bedtime took a Flexeril. This morning the pain is mainly on my neck, no longer radiating into my shoulder blade. I am so upset with myself. I was feeling great, was down to just one Percocet in the morning, having mild surgical pain and now the pain is bad again.
Even though my NS prefer I not wear a collar, I think I will wear it to baby my neck for a couple of days. I also have been icing it. I'm sure I didn't do any major damage as I have a titanium plate and screws, but I'm still pretty bummed.
My advice to everyone, if you're feeling pretty good post op, continue to do nothing. Any little jostle can really set you back in recovery. Let my mistake be a lesson for all of of us.