I am currently 8 weeks post op from 2 level artificial disk replacement in my cervical spine. I am 2 weeks into PT, they are addressing the muscle tightness and inflammation that focuses on my left hand side.
I try to stay out of my soft collar as much as possible but find I need it when I am being driven in a car or towards the end of day. And on days after Physical Therapy, I'm in it alot more as the muscles are fatigued. And even on days thats not post PT, I find that I have to wear it intermediately through the day.
MY question is for those who are post op and are "cleared" to drive. Did you find it hard to return to driving? My injury resulted from a rear ending so I know thats playing a big part for me. Which I'm actually surprised. Because when my disk were herniated and the disk were learning against my spine and I was at a greater risk, I was still driving around. But now, the idea of driving gives me ALOT of anxiety. I know because of the muscle tightness on my left side I am not turning my head as fast as normal, and I find that the smart thing to do is not risk everyone elses safety, because of my current limitations.
Just curious if anyone has experienced anything similar?
Thank you for your time