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 :-)