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ACDF C4-C5 3 Weeks Post Op
Underwent surgery on April 13th, and am already back to work (light duty desk job). I also fly as the company's pilot, but do not plan on any flights until after the 6 week post op check up and X-ray review with the spine hospital. It is nice to read other people's experiences and I appreciate reading others' posts and their perspectives on recovery. I feel that my surgery was a success, as the nerve pain was gone immediately after surgery, and I have only had to deal with some mild unpleasantness from the procedure itself. I have had some issues sleeping because old habits are hard to break, and find myself awaking from sleeping on my side. This has produced some mild discomfort and pain, but is nothing compared to before the surgery. 2 weeks of rest prior to returning to work may have not been enough, but I felt great, so thought I could do it without any issues. After 1 full week back at the office, I do wish I had maybe started with half days, or managed it a little better. It is easy to overdo it when you feel like you are 100%, but only 2-3 weeks after surgery, clearly one's body is not 100%. My questions for the future mainly revolve around restrictions and quality of life. Will I ever be able to do yoga? Not that I did before, but what if I wanted to? LOL. Will I be able to play with my kids and be fully active? At some point, this should be stronger than it was before, shouldn't it? Or will I now be more susceptible to injury? Thanks for sharing your experiences, and I would be happy to share mine for those preparing for this in the future.