So I had a level 2 ACDF about 3 weeks ago - spent night in the hospital postop because surgery was so late. Went home next day, had instant relief on pain in right arm, believe my right tricep weakness is gone (can't lift anything to be sure!), but numbness still in right fingers. I didn't really have much pain, only used the soft collar when riding in car and walking around (only wear when riding in car now) - off pain meds 6 days into recovery.
The only pain I'm experiencing is a "stiff neck" and some throat discomfort towards the end of the day.
After reading some of the posts on this site, either I'm the luckiest guy around, or my condition was not as severe as some of you - has anyone else been this pain free after only 3 weeks? I am tired all the time, but it was major surgery and I'm not a youngster anymore (although 50 isn't that old is it?).
Am I being too cavalier with the lack of collar use? I wear it on on occassion when the stiffness gets a little much, but I am driving short distances and working out of my office (only lifting my laptop). Anyone else released to travel after week 5?