I'm new to the forum and have learned a lot from all you have shared so I thought I'd chime in on my current challenge in hopes of gaining more insight from your experience.
I am not quite 4 weeks post op ACDF c5/6 and given who I know myself to be, I fully expected I'd be off meds first week, back to work second week and that the enormous relief I had immediately post op would continue daily. Well....that was my expectation..... Unfortunately Reality seems to have its own agenda. I am a type A business owner who hates being in " time out" but I am still unable to function mentally or physically for more than 2 hrs!, I know I'm getting better and invest available energy walking as that is all I am cleared for thus far. It causes pain so I break it into 10-15 min strolls 4-6x per day. I am still not sleeping well but have a new recliner being delivered tomorrow in hopes it will help.
I have some really good periods (although not quite full days yet) but good times don't seem to build on each other with any rhythm. I mean I can't yet tell how to pace myself properly to assure a reliable outcome the next day. Over doing one afternoon seems to take 2 days and nights to recover from.
I am certainly gaining respect for the process, but I'm finding it hard to not get discouraged.... I would love to hear any tricks, measures or mastery you might share from your experience.
Prior to surgery I was in excruciating, debilitating and relentless pain for over 4 months. I could barely brush my teeth, could not talk, text, read, drive, dress or even be touched. I literally could not even think. Soul crushing pain barely describes it. So Glad that phase is over!!! And pray for any of you still in that horrible condition. I would not wish that level of pain on any living creature and was overjoyed to wake up in the recovery room 3.5 weeks ago with that particular pain gone! Major Muscle cramps, surgical discomfort sure; but at least it wasn't "THAT " pain. I'm sure many of you know exactly what I mean by "that" pain....
I am greatly improved since surgery and am very grateful....however this recovery is much much slower than I expected And the ups and downs are incredibly unpredictable making it hard to operate within a schedule reliably. Very frustrating indeed.
Any advice, or encouragement for this "Type A still at bay" ? Please share your ups and downs, advice, coping mechanisms , your physical signals to stop or start pushing harder etc.
This is the most I have typed since June ..... Another little milestone yaaaay !