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I am a 47 year old f had an ACDF completed on 12/17 on my c5/c6. My surgeon said the surgery went great. I immediately felt relief from the intense arm pain I had felt for the last two years. However, I am having great difficullty swallowing, sleeping, and almost like a crick in my neck on the left hand posterior side. I had an allergic reaction to the steri strips. My head feels super heavy almost like a bobble head doll. Is this all normal? I was not given a brace. I was told I had very few limitations (no lifting over 5 lbs, I can turn but not sharply, etc.) I keep googling trying to find someone who might have a similar experience but all videos seem to show a brace or collar of some sort. I tried searching this forum, but can't even figure that one out. TIA