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1st post op visit comming up a little concerned

tankeryankerttankeryanker Posts: 11
edited 10/29/2015 - 10:04 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
On Monday wife & I drive the 100 miles to the dr. for my 1st post op visit. Scheduled for an x-ray & see the surgeons assistant. I hope everything looks like it should for I stumbled over one of our dogs going to the bathroom in the middle of the night & that kind of hurt. Now the dogs aren't allowed in the bedroom when we go to bed. I wasn't wearing my collar at the time & it worried me as to if I did any harm. The pain I had before my ACDF 6/7 is gone but my neck & shoulders are stiff. I quit the oxycodone after 3 days I don't like the disconnected feeling it gives me. Just 1 Tylenol 500 mg before bed seems to do me. I hope I can shed this hard collar & go to the soft collar after my visit it sure is more comfortable as collars go. I'm retired so I have all winter to heal before fishing season starts up next spring.

Just had to share my concerns

Hope all my spinney friends have a good day.

southern oregon


  • Hello tankeryanker,

    Good job you have a collar it seems with the dogs around,I had acdf c5/6 c6/7 two weeks ago I asked about a collar but was told no need,I have been fine so far although I have bad shoulder pain not sure if it's from surgery or when I moved suddenly after disturbing a bee which almost landed on my head,what I do know is it hurt moving so quickly without thinking now I'm considering maybe a collar would be a good idea.
    All the best Des.
  • tankeryankerttankeryanker Posts: 11
    edited 11/01/2015 - 10:32 AM
    Thanks desb63 I know some surgeons don't require a collar but mine said she didn't want to have to redo my surgery incase I didn't follow instructions. I have been weaning myself off the hard collar & using the soft collar more. Wife told her no worries because I'm O.C.D. & I will take as long as it takes for recovery.
    southern oregon
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