It's been almost 2 weeks since my ACDF at C5-C7 and while the pain seems to be getting better, I'm wondering when the swelling from the surgery will go down and my spinal canal might go back to a normal state. Or should it already be mostly normal now that the ruptured disc material has been removed as well as the problematic bone spurs? I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of the headaches I had before the surgery going away. Things seem to be better, but how long do they usually say it will take before things in your neck return to a normal physical state?
So far I'm pretty pleased with the outcome and I'm just hopeful that my recovery will continue to progress and not plateau or have symptoms return for any reason. I'm still pretty unsure about what I should and should not be doing, other than the clear list of "do nots" from the hospital, like twisting, pushing, pulling, bending, etc.
Should I still be resting as much as possible? I tried going for a bit of a longer walk around the grocery store a few days ago with my wife and that ended up hurting quite a bit afterwards. Any suggestions on what kind of things to do would actually be beneficial, or should I rest as much as possible unless I need to get up for necessities?
Sorry for the 1,000 questions. This isn't much like my first surgery, which was a TLIF at L5-S1...