I had C5-C6-C7 anterior fusion with a plate seven weeks ago. I am a 47 year old male. The pain and numbness I was experiencing went away immediately.
The only pain meds I took were Percocet for two days, and Tylenol for about a week. I had a few sleep issues for the first two weeks, but since then I feel great.
My problem is that I feel too good. I have done some pretty long hikes, ridden my motorcycle, gone offroad in my 4x4, driven my car six hours at a stretch, and even done some mountain biking. I can't stand just sitting around.
Through the process I have been in contact with four doctors and two PT's. I have asked each one what level of activity I can perform, and I have gotten SIX different answers, ranging from I should be sitting on the couch motionless for six months to I can do anything that I feel like doing.
Does anyone have any comments on what level of activity I can be performing? What are the risks?