I just had acdf on c5/6 6/7 with titanium plate and screws. I know it is just a couple days post surgery but I still have a lot of pain in back of neck and shoulders and upper back. It is so hard to find a comfortable position to lay down in. The doc didn't give any suggestions except to just sit in a hard kitchen chair. I have the elevated pillow, and a neck roll pillow, both not comfortable, its so frustrating because I cannot find a way to sleep that does not hurt or that I am not afraid will not hurt the surgery.
Also, does anyone know if it is alright to put ice packs on the back of my neck and on my shoulders and back or would that affect the healing of the surgery? I have been putting ice packs on my incision because i was told that was ok, but was not given a lot of advice besides that. I could sure use any suggestions that anyone else out there found helpful in feeling better in the days and week or even weeks after surgery. Just not feeling so good now, guess I was hoping for that miracle feeling of waking up from surgery to no pain at all. Thanks for any tips