My surgery was Jan 28 and went well. I had acdf c3-5 fused, with plating. I was in the hospital one night, and felt pretty good going home the next day. The next few days were pretty rough. I had a lot of muscle soreness all over, that is now resolved. Up until yesterday, I'd been taking percoset two at a time. Now just one, plus muscle relaxer is doing the job. I do have a lot of swelling right underneath both incisions (hip & neck). They are not infected, red or oozing. I googled it, and believe that it is a normal response, someone called it a "healing ridge". Any body else have this? After the third day, I developed the swollen throat. It's not sore, I'm happy to say, but swallowing it tricky. When I have the hard neck brace on, its easier because it seems like I'm already tilted up a bit. So eating is always done with water at my side! I've been sleeping in a recliner and still have an apnea. It's odd in that I'll wake up and have to open my mouth to expel a puff of air. Anybody else experience that? The only other thing is this: I still have, or think I have some left clavicle & shoulder nerve pain. Doc dismissed it as being muscular, so I'm taking the muscle relaxers and using heat. It does help to some degree, so we'll see. Also, I feel like I have a mild tremor in my neck. Maybe from weakness? The brace helps with that, too.