I spent 2 1/2 days in the hospital due to low blood pressure and a low grade fever. I was also in a tremendous amount of pain in addition to a terrible migraine. Release day They gave me 2 doses of steroids through my IV and within the hour the migraine was gone as well as 90% of the neck pain I was having! I do still have significant soreness in the back of my neck but hoping that is surgical soreness that will subside over time. Oh, and my incision is not on the prominent crease of my neck, but at the base of my neck and it's about 3 inches long. They said I'm in the minority to have been cut so low. My throat also gets better everyday. It feels weird when I swallow like a golf ball is traveling down vs a drink of water. But that's not every time. It is definitely better than I thought it would be.
All in all I am glad to have it behind me and I am anxious to see what I will be left with once the surgical soreness is gone.
Thanks for all of the thoughts, well wishes and prayers. It means a lot
ACDF C6/C7 on 05/20/15
...and it was the best decision of my life :-)