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7 days post op..first day without brace..normal pains?

I'm 7 days post op c6/c7 and my first day I didn't wear the aspen brace all day. Now I didn't do anything but stay propped up in bed all day and relax, answer emails, etc. nothing strenuous or requiring movement. My neck is dull aching in the back at the level I had treated. Is this normal? A sign my fusion is failing? Guess I'm just a bit paranoid since I haven't really had any pain in that area so far in my recovery. I've put the brace back on for the past hour or 2 but still achy.


  • In my first week I only removed my brace when I slept, ate and showered per my doctor's orders. I did have pain in my neck when I kept my brace off too long and I had spasms in my neck/shoulder area. I am wondering if your doctor recommended you do that? Everyone I know who has had the surgery wasn't given that permission until after their follow-up visit. If it's not per doctor's orders I wouldn't do that. If you are unsure you need to call your doctor and find out when/how long you can go without it. Your muscles are very weak right now.
    Taun p.
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