I've had ACDF surgery, C4-C7, 3 weeks ago, on March 5th.
I was first diagnosed with Cervical Spondylosis and a pinched nerve at the C4-C5 level, in 2007. Till now, physiotherapy has been my best friend. Back in Dec 2014 I was hospitalized for about 12 days for the horrible nerve pain and muscle spasms that comes with bulging discs. MRIs revealed I now had 3 bulging discs, the worst being C5-C6. Was on morphine twice daily, Dexamethasone 3 times daily, neurontin 300mg 3 times daily at hospital. Continued with the neurontin 300mg after hospital, right up until surgery.
Thankfully, that pain is gone! Recovery hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be, but the sleeping isn't pleasant. After I left the hospital in Dec, my family got me one of those 'hospital' beds, where the head and foot can adjust. I was sleeping upright for about 2 months. Physiotherapy and traction helped me during this time, to get back to a somewhat normal sleeping position, just about 3 days before surgery. Now I'm back to sleeping upright, and can't find a comfortable enough position to sleep through the night.
I've gradually gone from about a 75 to 30 degrees inclined position. Still have alot of muscle pain and tightness. I've tried not to take any drugs to help me sleep tho, as I really want to be off any meds. Hopefully it will improve, as I heal. I tried a nap yesterday on my own regular bed, but was most uncomfortable and painful.
Would really like to hear from anyone else who's had ACDF and how your recovery has been.