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Recovery from ACDF and c4-c7 posterior fusion surgery

Hi everybody! Like the title says, I'm currently recovering from ACDF anterior surgery and a fusion of my c4-c7 posterior surgery. There's a plate in the front of my neck, a couple rods, and a handful of screws. Based on my x rays, every surgeon couldn't believe I wasn't paralyzed. I'm just about five weeks post op and healing relatively quickly, and only my back incision has to be bandaged and cleaned still. Stitches all came out about two weeks ago, and I'll be back at the doctors office in just a couple days. I'm still in a Miami-J collar 24/7. I'm 19 years old and my surgeons all said I'll recover well because I'm young (yay!) but right now I'm still having a lot of difficulty sleeping due to the pain. I've been prescribed amitriptyline and its doing its job to an extent (working in a pharmacy, I knew it would help me relax some) but I just can't get comfortable in the recliner I'm sleeping in, in bed, or on the couch even with something propped behind my head. I'm also having issues becoming extremely dizzy when standing or sitting up too quickly, and sometimes even when I'm just laying/sitting completely still. Only medication I'm on now is extra strength Tylenol and a 10mg amitriptyline once a night, so I don't think they're causing it. Any advice on how to make the pain more manageable or stop my dizziness?! Thanks in advance! 


  • hello, rachelxteresa!

    i recall reading posts similar to yours about the dizziness one can experience after the type of surgery you had.  i'm going to give a "call" to my moderator and friend, @bruce%20eitman, as he is recovering well from his own cervical spine surgery.

    i'd like to welcome you to the forums!  please click on the following link for some helpful information to get you started!

    welcome to spine-health 
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510

    I am sorry to hear about your recovery.  Finding a good sleeping position is always fun, we all have different needs, so we all find a different good position.

    I didn't experience the dizziness.  Have you discussed this with your doctor?  Of course, move slowly when changing position from laying to sitting to standing.


    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

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