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Recovery time after C6/C7 artificial disc surgery
I am 47-mostly healthy and active. I had C/6/C7 artificial disc surgery on April 19- so I am only three weeks post op. The nerve pain in my shoulder and arm appear to be gone and my Dr. released me to do low impact activities including going back to work where I do design work on a computer all day. I am only two days back to work but both nights I have come home and collapsed in exhaustion. The muscles down the right side of my neck and upper shoulder also get very sore and I am finding it difficult to work very long without aching. I had some muscle atrophy as it took a year to get my issue diagnosed, so I understand the neck and shoulder soreness. I'm not here to complain at all as I am incredibly grateful to be free of the nerve pain. I'm just curious how long the fatigue in particular usually lasts? Laying around and taking it easy is not my strong point. Additionally, I am so thrilled to feel like I have my life back that I want to get back at it, and want to do so as quickly as possible without injuring my neck. Any advise for dealing with the fatigue and the recovery period in general would be appreciated. - I asked my Dr. these very questions and he basically said recovery was patient dependent- thought maybe some of you who have gone through this might elaborate. Thanks!