Hi,read your delimma: I had neck sergury Jan. 25th so going into my 4th week. Had c4,5,6,7. cadavor bones inserted, rods and fused. Before sergury my doctor told me what to expect. I read many articles. I must tell anyone who has this sergury what I did, may not be the best; 'cause I scared myself! almost..didn't want to go thru with it.. All sergury has pain, some more than others. I was in serious pain for 2 weeks, continued on Loratabs w/tylenol. Then around 2nd week ending- noticed not only pain but WEAKness set in; I also started to shake,twitch and jerk severely.(from releasing of spinal cord) Since I am not a sitter...I wanted to go back to routines BUT, nope, it set me back trying, and at times thought would faint!, well, the Doctor did say not to do anything! So week 3 came, pain was some better, but I was sooooo WEAK.and no appetite/ I also (seemed to me), to be DEPRESSED. NEVer have I been a depressed person....but these things were over whelming me. Yep, I cried, slep, cried, slep,etc., thru the week; even thought(would never be nornal) again. All of the above could be explained by the( anesthesia)during sergury. I PRAYED alot that week and just when I thought I may have a long run...Gotup one morning no shakes, no jerking, no depression...my body actually felt more normal. Sure I still have one spot w/pain down back (and sure), it will take the fusing about a year to complete especially since I am diabetic; but, the world is looking "prettty goooood" So, I am back doing a few things, washing, folding,cleaning, and today went outside to get some sun, racked a bit, but my back felt it so stopped.
Listen, folks...sergury is pain (always). Tell your Doctor all your fears before sergury. Don't go by who said what. My doctor did very good job. Sounds like you have not had much sergury prior. Drugs help you over the hump only. Sit yourself down and have an understanding. The sun will come out, again. Think of this time as a vacation. Sleep, cry, read, watch TV. I recommend you talk to GOD. It works! I know I am still limted but I am feeling my strength returning. Wishing you a better day & soon: I said a prayer for you...: from Alabama