I'm new here but I did try to fine my answer in other posts before kicking this out for discussion.
I am 11 day out from a level one ACDF C5-C6. I will start with saying that I am 44 yrs old, in great physical shape, heck I was running 3 to 4 mile every other day prior to the operation. The reason for the surgery was the pinched nerve and associated pain and weakness in my shoulder and arm. It had gotten to the point I was not sleeping well and having trouble at work, computers and driving are a big part of the job. Pain with both activities.
Now, the operation is done. I'm cleared to drive. I basically have NO pain at all. The business with swallowing is pretty much passed and with the exception of the nasty scare on my neck I feel 100% better. There is only the slightest tightness in between my shoulder blades. So here's the question. Will being psychically active wreck the fusion? I've tried putting my doc on the spot about what I can and can do without getting a straight answer.