I had C1-C2 fusion and fixation surgery 2 weeks ago and just curious about recovery time.
I was diagnosed with spinal instability about 12 months ago, complete with occipital headaches, pins and needles and weakness in right hand so wasn't given much choice about having surgery. My Consultant advised that my spinal cord was 'being pinched' everytime I moved my neck and this resulted in the pain I experienced.
I had posterior C1-C2 fixation and fusion surgery with false bone grafts and continue to have occiptial headaches, an 'ear ache' type pain in right ear, motion sickness and numbness from ear to ear and about half way down my back. This is getting better as post surgery I had no feeling in my face. I'm still very tired at times, it's like someone flicks my off switch and I just need to go to sleep
I was initially prescribed Pregabalin but had to stop this due to side effects so now prescribed Gabapentin. As I have asthma I can't take NSAIDs (brufen, Voltarol etc) and I have bad reactions to Morphine and Codeine based analgesics so only taking Paracetamol as an analgesic.
I'm curious as to how long others took to recover from this surgery. My Consultant told me that I can't drive for 6-8 weeks and that I wouldn't be able to return to work for a further 6-8 weeks which just seems a rather long time to me.