Hi...just joined today. As my signature (hopefully) shows, I am recovering from ACDF surgery on 1/3/11.
At six weeks post-op, I am surprised to not be farther along (even though I know patience is required for this recovery). Specifically, I was hoping for input on others' experiences with the following aspects of their recovery:
1. Lump in throat --- The first week was awful, then it went away. Now that my neck/chin numbness has decreased considerably (at least I think this is why), the lump in my throat is back. I have no titanium plate, just screws. Mostly, it is annoying, but towards the end of the day it is pretty painful/scary.
2. Sleeping --- I still can't go more than 4 hours or so sleeping without waking up, and can't do more than 8 hours no matter what. Of all the online postings I have reviewed on the variuos sites, I have not come across any discussion of this.
3. Morning pain --- I still have significant pain in the morning (probably why #2 is happening). The more I walk and move around, the more it abates.
Please share your stories, if willing.