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Almost 3 weeks post op C6/C7 ACDF

Just checking in to see where everyone else is at this point (or was). I returned to work last week which was 2 weeks post op. I had successfully started to taper down the pain med but returning to work caused me to get back on schedule. (every 6 hours robaxin and norco) But within the last 4 days I sometimes make it to 9 hours before taking the prescribed meds. I don't want to deal with a pain clinic and my surgeon doesn't give any refills other than the one when I was discharged at the hospital + 1 refill at my 2 week post op appointment. So, I hope I am able to wean and just do OTC meds with an occasional tramadol.

There are times I have no pain at all and hardly any stiffness. Each day truly does seem better across the board. Throat problems (any and all) haven't been an issue since 2 weeks post op. I wear the cervical collar the majority of my day (work day even). The only time I am not wearing it is when bathing, eating and sleeping as well as when I'm sitting and relaxing with my head rested against the chair. When I am upright I try to always have it on. Honestly, it feels good to me. The support is comfortable and reassuring in the way of letting me know I'm still healing. Sometimes I feel nearly 100% better but that doesn't mean I need to behave that way.

I can only hope things continue to be this good and also get better :-)
ACDF C6/C7 on 05/20/15
...and it was the best decision of my life :-)


  • Hey Denise,

    I'm glad things are going well for you. Keep up your spirits it takes a good 8 to 12 weeks for the average person's pain to go away in a single level ACDF.

    Don't do too much outside of work until your stamina builds up. Books, walks and movies until then.

    Best wishes,

  • RuslinRRuslin Posts: 29
    edited 06/10/2015 - 5:14 AM
    It is really great that you are doing so well so soon after surgery. It helps me to know that the recovery is not always awful. My acdf c5-c7 is in 7 days. I have more anxiety each day. Not about the surgery but the recovery. Thank you for sharing :)
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  • I know it's a process, most definitely and that I will have good days and bad days. So far though, it's like moments because the pain alerts me to slow down and take it easy and once I do that, it's resolved.

    My issues come more with anxiety on getting injured or physically hurt since I am in a delicate state right now. Like driving/riding in a vehicle, going to the pool (slipping down or having a kid fall on my head in the water, etc.)

    Ruslin, best wishes for your upcoming surgery! I wish I would have gotten surgery months ago. I hope things work well for you. Keep us posted.

    Wolfie, thanks. You've helped me through this process tremendously. I hope you're doing well in your recovery as well.
    ACDF C6/C7 on 05/20/15
    ...and it was the best decision of my life :-)
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