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Am I a freak?????

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
OK, I woke up from surgery ACDF C6-7 at about 1:30 yesterday. I was a little groggy of course but Had my voice fully and was a little sore in my throat. Wife stayed with me and seemed to have no complications. I was eating chicken and pasta at 6:00 and cookies at around 7:30. Did not get ant sleep in the hospital because I shared a room with some guy who was in a lot of pain and was making noise all night. At 9:00 this morning I was on the phone waiting for my ride home after a full breakfast (bacon, eggs, patatos, toast and a corn muffin) laughing with my brother. All nurses and staff were amazed by my condition and frankly so am I. I know everyone is different but all I have at this point is a slight sore throut and a little tiny ammount of tightness in my neck. I actually feel great and its only been 23 hours since surgery. I just ordered a pizza!

The only time people understood my condition was when they learned who my surgeon was. I guess that really does matter.

So here I am, Waiting for a pizza to be delivered and have not takin a pain pill since 7:30 last night. I am both thrilled and a little confused. I guess my surgeon was not that nuts after all. I still plan on taking some time off from work while I have it. Just baught a new recliner and plan on spending some comfy time in it :D

When I learn how to use an avatar I will post a post op pic of me and my neck. Only have a little over an inch cut. covered by this little child like white band aid.

Oh yea, I like to keep my head freshly shaven and was a little upset when I saw the little holes over my ears from the operation traction thingy, Thanks Doc!

And thank You God! you have carried me through this and are the sole reason for my pretty amazing recovery!!!!



  • That's great! I woke up feeling pretty good too. I just had some muscle spasms. I have never had ANY pain at the operative site. I never stopped talking from the time I woke up in recovery (about 3pm) til after midnight. I was so excited I felt so good. The next morning I was walking all over the hospital & was released at 11am. My biggest problem was a lump in my throat & it was sore so I ate soft foods for the 1st few days.

    The surgeon definitely makes a huge difference. I have a 1&1/4 inch scar for a two level ACDF. I work at the hospital where I had the surgery so I asked every doc & nurse I saw who to go to. Even the lady that preregistered me said "oh, you have a great surgeon". I didn't bother to get a 2nd opinion.

    I'm happy you have it over with now. Good luck on your recovery. Just TRY to take it easy for a little while & let your body heal. You'll be our next success story! Take care.
  • I'm glad you're feeling so good. I felt awesome after mine for about 2 days then *WHAM* felt like I got hit with a Mac truck. I don't mean to sound cynical, but it's quite possible that you're still under the effects of anesthesia and may be counting your chickens too soon.

    Anyway, again, I'm glad you're feeling so good. Here's to a speedy recovery!
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  • I have heard of so many people feeling great and over doing it and I hope this is not me. I had no pain symptoms before surgery only extreme weakness. When I woke up the first test my surgeon did was my arm strength and it was AWESOME. After two months of a near dead arm I had about 80% back. I cannot believe how nerves work.

    Hey Cath, I may be counting my chickens early but it is the only way I know how to think. My positive thinking and faith in God has gotten me through a lot of quirkey things and I hope it works here to. I know I am taking chances tonight by not taking any meds and I will most likely pay for it. Still have not had any since last night and have no pain (yet???).

    Newfienurse, I will be a success story. I have no doubts. I am lucky enough to have never experienced pain from the neck and back before and acted pretty fast on this. There are people on this forum who deal with pain every day of their life and in my opinion are strong as hell. It takes a rock solid person to live life that way.

    I had the same issue as John Cena from WWE Wrestling. He ruptured his disc and lost his arm strength right away. He also acted quickly enough to save his muscles.

    We will see how far I can take this.

    This place is pretty great for this stuff.
  • Hi Shamrock...

    Glad to hear that you are feeling so good. I had a similar situation. I woke up talking, and never stopped. My throat never got really sore either. I ate pizza and wings my first night home! I felt that good for about 2-3 days, and then it hit. I stopped taking my pain meds after 3 days (they were making me sick), and once I stopped, I realized just how many muscle spasms I was having.

    Once I got them under control, I have felt pretty good for the most part. I have rough days every now and then. The hardest part for me is not overdoing it. I am not a sitting still kind of girl. My body always lets me know when I have done too much - too bad it doesn't let me know until afterward. :-)

    Take care and try to relax!

  • I'm glad to hear another success story. We all need to know that not everyone has pain/complications afterward. Surgery is a big step, and a scary thing for most people. I'm sure many others appreciate your comments! Like others warn, just be careful. Happy healing!!!
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  • So, good to hear you are feeling so well and so soon!

    I wish I had the same story, my 2 level ACDF was 9 days ago and I'm still hurting. The radiating arm pain had been gone for 6 days but has now returned. I'm just sleeping most of the time and willing these bones to fuse!

  • Well I awoke today and still feel pretty good. I have some tightness in the back of my neck and shoulder blades which I expected but still feel pretty good. I took one hydrocodone before I went to sleep to assure a good nights sleep. I am impatient at this point, I want back what I had two months ago and will have a hard time over the next few months but it has to be done. I know I gained arm strength back but I am now waiting for my chest to respond the same way, it is still soft DAMN. Anyway, here's to a long road of hard work.
  • Did you have a beer with that pizza? Can't have pizza without beer. Glad you feel so well! Reading your post made me smile,thanks! Sagehen
  • Sounds like with your positive attitude you can overcome anything.Its great that your doing so good after the surgery.There are people that feel really good after there out of surgery.I can't say i felt great but i felt a lot better then i did before i went in.Post op pain was nothing compared to the pain i was in before the surgery,piece of cake.Here's to great successes for you ;)
  • NJ, you have a fantastic attitude and that's going to help you heal. I understand how hard it is to not do things you feel like you CAN do.

    Take care of yourself and keep us posted. You're doing great! (You freak you :P )
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