I am two weeks out from 3 level ACDF (C3-4, C4-5, C5-6). I am reluctant to take prescription pain medications due to my fear of future dependency. The pains, however, have become quite a nuisance. Sleeping is good, but anything in a vertical position is problematic. The pains are not consistent, but drive me nuts with their inconsistency.
From the doctor, I get a pat on the head as he says that some pain is to be expected. This pain, though, is worse than before surgery and I can't seem to get anyone to understand that I don't trust myself to do much of anything because I fear that it will result in another pain. Therefore, I am becoming a couch potato.I also feel that my height (6'4") may be contributing to this condition since the spacing between vertebrae is greater than average.
Am I a wossie or what? Is all this pain normal? I guess my pre-op expectations are quite different from my post-op realities.
Just a Whiner, I guess