I have had cervical spondylosis for over 20 years. I am a cellist and this has inhibited my playing. Had a fusion this past Wednesday afternoon(C5-7) with my own hip bone. Most of the pain initially post op was in my throat and hip. I had to really flex my neck to be able to eat or drink anything. Percocet really helped. My surgeon is outstanding, has very successful results in Cincinnati. I use the collar to move around but when sitting do not need the collar. I sleep on a chair. Just yesterday I started to get stabbing pain in my right rear neck(around the C7 vertebrae) and ache in my right arm. I thought maybe I had done something. Maybe I had been too aggressive shifting myself in the chair. I called the office and they said pain in the opposite side is to be expected. The hip is feeling better. I was also told to begin moving my neck right away. Pain is such a bitch. But I think it is the fear that we have done something to hurt ourselves that is the worse aspect of the pain. I get the stitches out on Monday.
Best wishes to all of you.
Sharon in Cincinnati