Here is my story:
I had c6-c7 fused on febr 20th.
Immediately after waking up, the burning pain in right shoulder and elbow was gone, so was the tingling in my hand. I did notice the left part of my tongue was numb and some tingling in the tip of my index finger. And my right arm felt a bit weak. 10 days post op, these symptoms remain. They don 't bother me much, but I do hope they will go away.
I haven't taken any pain killers since leaving the hospital. I do take a muscle relaxant before going to sleep.
I have been walking since day 2. I do a couple of walks each day, totaling around 6kms a day.
I hope to get back on my mtb as soon as possible. At first probably short rides on pavement.
I also had difficulty swallowing after surgery. I could eat solid food from day 1, but it wasn't very comfortable. So I have been making smoothies more often. After 11 days swallowing has improved considerably, but still not 100%.
I have also been riding a stationary bike for 30 minutes since yesterday.
2 weeks post op:
I still have tingling sensation in 1 finger. It seems to get worse during the night. My right upper arm feels week and hurts when raising hand above shoulder level. Left side of tip of tongue still numb. I sometimes feel a burning sensation in my neck. I think 1 level below fusion, but hard to tell exactly where.
Stitches have been removed. Swallowing has improved a lot. I have a scar, but I don't mind scars and it's hardly noticable.
I have been walking and/or riding the stationary bike daily. Normally I should be able to ride a bike in 2 more weeks, but I can't imagine riding one now. Lifting my head to look ahead, and also road vibration worries me.
Haven't taken any pain meds since leaving hospital.
3 weeks post op:
I still have the tingling in my finger, weakness in right upper arm and numb tongue. Swallowing is at 99% now. Scar itches a little bit. I have also been experiencing a couple of off days, where I get muscle pain in my back and neck. This seems to move around. Sometimes a sharp pain in the middle of my neck. I think at or 1 level below fusion. Hard to tell.
Surgeon said I could drive a car and ride a bike after 4 weeks. My range of motion still seems limited for this. From left to right is less then normal, so I'm a bit worried for driving a car. But looking up is very limited. So riding my bike seems impossible. I also don't deal well with shocks, like road vibration or any holes or bumps in the road. I'll try riding a city bike first, before moving on to a roadbike. For now, I'm still walking around 7kms daily, and riding a stationary bike for 30min 5 times a week.
Anyone have experience with mtb, running and/or swimming post ACDF?