Well, 1 week ago I was under the knife for C4-5 & C5-6 ACDF with Atlantis plate. Thought an update was in order.
All in all, I think I am making pretty good progress, and if I am honest, any problems I am having are likely due more to my pushing myself too much than the surgery itself.
I am taking half of a Vicodin tablet every 6 hours, and 1 Robaxin for muscle relaxation every 6 hours as well. I am up, dressed, and working on computer 4- 6 hours per day, with frequent breaks. Sore throat is better, though still a little problematic, and swallowing is improving, though I also need to be careful there. All but one of the Steri Strips have dropped off, so incision is doing better.
Other than throat/swallowing, biggest issue is muscle pain/spasm at base of neck and across shoulders and mid back. Part of it I know is being up and around all day, and it just gets fatigued, and part due to not being able to move neck very much. I am not in a collar, though I tried using my soft collar in bed last night, as sleeping is still a challenge -- trying to find a position that allows me to not feel like I have been hit by a truck when I wake up.
So, I really have no reason to complain. No follow up with my NS until 3/15, so no driving until then, but otherwise things are equal or better than what I expected.
The computer really adds to the spasms, for sure. I am trying to limit my computer use because I notice that is the ONE thing that really aggravates the spasms. This was also the case before my surgery, only much worse on the computer before.
I have the spasm in the exact same spots you do. I am 5 weeks out today and they are better than they were 1 week out. Every week they got a little bit better.
Tonight will be a good test because I am going out to dinner for V-day and its pretty far there and back. This will be the longest I have been upright since the surgery, at one sitting.
Tomorrow I have to go to a funeral, and I think that will be a long deal too. What can you do?