Re: ACDF surgery yesterdy (C6/7)
Glad you made it through OK. I found that the spasms really started about 48 - 72 hours after surgery, but everybody has a different experience, and some never have really bad spasms. Mine have subsided in the last few days, and I am 21 days post-op. However, I also had 2 levels done. I would be careful with the ibuprofen -- why risk it if you don't have to?
My NS took the opposite approach to yours. My C5-C6 disc was worse than my C4-C5, although I had more spurring at C4/5. He opted to fuse both, figuring that it would minimize my chances for needing further surgery.
There are tons of different approaches the doctors take with this procedure. Some use collars, some don't - some strictly limit driving and such for 6 weeks, others say OK after 2 or 3. GO figure!