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    Old 07-12-2004, 04:11 PM   #1
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    2 weeks since ACDF

    Hi All,

    Well I'm two weeks since my surgery on C5-6 and C6-7.

    Took a road trip to my lake cabin which is about 100 miles. We stopped a couple of times along the way, but I really wasn't having any problems with the ride.

    I am feeling really good. The only problems are:

    Difficulty sleeping - the collar drives me nuts and wakes me.

    Some pain in my left shoulder if I stand too long. The muscles tighten up if I don't rest them.

    Did I say the collar drives me nuts!

    All of my pain prior to surgery is gone! The arm and hand feel 20 years younger.

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    Old 07-13-2004, 06:23 AM   #2
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    Re: 2 weeks since ACDF

    That's great to hear! I too had a world of difference after my surgery it was amazing. Fortunately for me I didn't have to wear a collar so I didn't suffer like many of you do. I honestly feel bad for you all.

    Just remember no matter how good you feel take it easy. Expect about 6 or so weeks for near complete recovery from the surgery. Overdoing it will prolong that.

    As far as your shoulder have someone give you a deep massage after putting heat on it for about 20 minutes. I had the same problem but more near the shoulder blade, the heat and massage did wonders. It was something they actually started doing in therapy for me and I continued doing it after therapy ceased. I still get tight sometimes but mostly because I over do it or just hold my head to stiff.

    Old 07-13-2004, 12:34 PM   #3
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    Re: 2 weeks since ACDF

    Yeah, I have found I have to take it easy, I feel so good, it's easy to overdo it.

    I am a heat guy from way back have used it for years to help my pain. As soon as I tightened up I put the heat pad on, and massaged the area. After a little rest, it loosened up.

    Thanks for the input.

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