Had my ACDF 2 levels (C5-C7), 3 weeks ago.
4 screws, 2 cages. bonegraft from my hip.
Surgery went without any major hick-ups, but had bad reaction to Anesteshia, so I puked for 2 days and had a huge headache, got dehydrated. Anyways.
My recovery the first 2 weeks was going great, and i was so excited. Slept in a recliner with Aspen collar since the surgery, but couldnt wait to be able to sleep in bed.
After about 2 weeksand I tried to sleep in bed, but would wake up in horrible pain. I still did this for a few days, but it just got worse, to the point 2 days ago when I had such severe pain in my neck and left arm the whole day (the arm I had myelopathy and nerve damage in before surgery), that I broke down completely and thought the surgery has been total failure. I guess you can call it my first major breakdown after surgery, and I just cried all day. I was in severe pain and afraid that this will never get better.
I realized Im not ready to lay down yet, but wonder how long it will take before I can comfortably sleep laying down on my back or side?
I sleep 2-3 hours at a time now, in my recliner, and then I sit in it all day.
Im required by the doc to wear my Aspen collar 24-7 for 8 weeks and Ive done 3 so far.
Is this normal recovery or am I healing slowly? How soon after surgery could you sleep in bed comfortably and not wake up in serious pain?
All the symptoms in my left arm comes back when I lay on my side... Numbness, weakness, tingling. Something's got to be pressing on the nerves... Tissue swelling? Hardware? Muscle spasms? Doc said they cleaned out all the arthritis and bone spurs and disc tissue, so nerves have nice space now.
Please tell me Im being unpatient. But then im reading here on the forum, about all the lucky ones who can sleep in bed and drive and do all kind of things one or two weeks in.
Thanks for listening,
Cause: car accident & genetics
Effect: herniations C4-7, stenosis, osteoarthritis, myelopathy, neuropathy
Non-invasive Treatment: everything under the sun
Invasive Treatment: 2 level ACDF, C5 & C6, May 2012
Moving Forward: SCS