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Post surgery

I am concerned that after 7 weeks I still have good and bad days. Today all I wanted to do was lie down with my neck and shoulders supported. Yesterday I ran errands, bought groceries, visited mom in the nursing home, cooked a huge dinner and washed 2 loads of clothes. What's going on for me to be so up and down?


  • You WAY overdid it yesterday! The recovery period for most people is a good 8-12 weeks. I'm almost 6 months out, and I still don't carry laundry baskets or do anything repetitive that takes strength.
    It is a bit of a test - if you're sore after doing things, then you know you can't do that for another few weeks - then take some more time off!

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

  • I am 2 1/2 weeks post c6-7 fusion . I do know this is still pretty early but still have good and bad days . Sometimes they are not due to being to active or doing too much. Just be patient. Keep following precautions. I think many of us can relate.
  • I have been told that recovery from such significant surgeries is not necessarily a "better every day" process. Spinal surgery truly affects your entire body, and takes a very long time for everything to work in sync again. Bad days aren't necessarily setbacks, they might just be reminders from your body to take it easy.
    L4/5/S1 scar tissue removal surgery, plus unexpected L4/5 microdiscectomy #2 October 2015
    L4/5 microdiscectomy May 2015
    2-level ADR C4-6 (Mobi-C) February 2015
  • And probably shouldn't be doing half as much as you listed. Spine surgery recovery is one step forward and two back, especially during the acute phase of recovery ( 12 weeks) and under. As you get further along, you will see things slowly improve but pushing too hard, too soon can result in undoing the benefits of the surgery.

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