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illkiduk2015iillkiduk2015 Posts: 2
edited 11/17/2015 - 2:45 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
hi every one om new here

my name is damion
30 years old
lives in wales uk

I have just had Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion of the c5/c6 vertebraes and im 2 weeks post but im still in alot of pain during the night time and when i wake up, i no longer have the weakness i my left arm or pins and needles so im guessing its worked but the back of my neck and both side are still very tennder when moving is this correct 2 weeks post i know its very early days yet im just rying to find out will all this settle down eventually i got a appoinment with my surgeon next monday so i can go through post op instructions thanks

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  • HI,
    I had the same surgery. You are still so early on. The best thing I did was wear the soft collar for about 6 weeks. For the fusion to start your neck needs to be stable for a long time. Be patient. It took me about 4 weeks to have the pain settle but I can tell you that my neck feels like it's at a SPA. Not kidding...I've never felt better. Also if you slightly overdo it - you will pay for it. I thought I could clean the garage and the next day I felt horrible.
    Sometimes if the collar is too high or not the right fit it can cause some muscle spasms and headaches.
    Good luck and happy recovery - you will get there
  • I am a 46 yr old woman who had pain radiating down my arm, numbness in my thumb with severe stenosis on C5-6, 6-7. I had the same surgery you have had. I am 2 weeks post op and am doing amazing. i have little to mostly no pain. I had mostly no pain leading up to the surgery as well. Not sure why but hang in there. My dr. appt. isn't until tomorrow. I hope your surgeon can answer your questions. Happy healing.
    Oh, in my research on how to have the optimal recovery. I found that taking a B complex vitamin and eating lots of protien ex. soy milk, dairy, meat, and leafy green veggies also helps.
  • MartinDMMartinD Posts: 18
    edited 11/19/2015 - 4:58 AM
    Hi Damion. I live in Ireland and had C5/6 and C6/C7 done two weeks ago on Tuesday so im day 15 post op. I too have had a lot of neck pain and headaches, im hoarse and had trouble swallowing food so much the same as yourself. nighttime has been the worst as turning around in bed really hurts.

    One thing however, was that my wife got me a memory foam pillow in Debenhams on Tuesday and that has made a difference. Pain has reduced and although my neck feels stiff im definitely feeling better today. Hang in there and as someone else said above dont over do it. I felt great on Saturday morning and started doing things about the house. Boy did i pay for it Sunday/Monday.
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