I had an ACDF at C5-C6 with hip autograft on September 18. Prior to surgery, I had severe spinal cord compression and nerve root compression.
I have some pretty awful muscle spasms in my traps, and my graft site is really painful.
I do have very good ROM in my neck (I don't move it too much, my first post-op visit is Monday), but it cracks sometimes. I am paranoid that the hardware is cracking!!
What's been "normal" for everyone after an ACDF. My pain is tolerable, I get by using Robaxin and Neurontin, but I just wanted to know how many months should I expect to be uncomfortable? When did you all start PT? How the HECK do you sleep comfortably in your collars? I have a soft collar, and it always feels like it's choking the life out of me.
I look forward to chit chatting with other "pains in the neck".