I am 2 weeks post fusion C5-6. I was kept in the hospital 2 nights, instead of 1....PT said I wasn't ready to go home. My legs are weaker now then before surgery. My arms hurt, but before surgery my rt was worse, now it's my left I think rt is about the same as before. When I woke up my shoulders were what was hurting the most, and my rt tumb did feel better. What I'm not having is the horrible episodes I was having of unretrackable pain, but am not sure if that is because I am doing nothing, or becauseof srugery.
Now 2 weeks later my shoulders are hurting 24/7, and I am using ice. My arms and legs are weak, My big problem is I don't know what I am aloud to do and what I shouldn't do, so I am doing basically nothing....what did you do when you were 2 weeks post op? More then lie in bed or sit on couch with feet up?
I came home from hospital with hard collar, my head was killing me from it, as is my chin. At the hospital they also gave me a "soft" collar, that I was afraid to use, there was no support at all from it, and couldn't see going from hard to nothing. When I showed it to my surgeon a week later he took a picture of me holding it, so he could yell at some residents...mean while the mistake was made with me....he found a collar in his office that was "OK", but not exactly what he really wanted for me...but later said it was ok.....gives me real confidence!
My next apt is in 3 weeks. I was told to use hard collar for "transport". Did others with same surgery use soft or hard collar? I also have problems with the discs above and below the fusion, and am not sure if part of the reason he originally gave me the hard collar was this. He doesn't really say much, just that I shouldn't push it.....but, that doesn't tell me what I can and can not do.
This past weekend I had a stomach virus, I got scared that the vomiting could have hurt my neck so I called my surgeon. He was reasuring over the phone, telling me "how secure the plate is" I called because while vomiting, I thought I felt the plate.....so again, if it is "so secure" why have any precautions....I keep hearing back talk, what is for real.
I have more that I would like to write, but my arms can't take the typing...or is it the fingers....well, you get the picture.....
Thanks in advance for any help,