hello! not particularly accident-prone by nature, i find myself in another state of worry after what i consider a fairly significant blip during my c5-6 recovery. i mentioned the first in link above, if you're interested. in short, my husband slammed brakes to avoid accident on day 9 - pain from that resolved and fusion intact.
weeks 6 - 8 were starting to go quite well with lessening of both neck pain and arm weakness. at my week 5 1/2 follow-up, neurosurgeon suggested pt as soon as possible for strengthening left arm. i must admit that even the exam to test my strength and range of motion caused a flare that lasted several days, but i returned the following week and was given 3 "gentle" exercises using a theraband. these supposedly engage trapezius and other muscles surrounding the neck, but i can feel them in my neck. they don't hurt during the exercises, but flare me later. now to the reason for my concern:
exactly 2 months after my surgery, i was seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and in a particularly upbeat mood, which changed in a flash. i was sliding an 8 - 10 lb hard plastic container of dog food off the fridge and misjudged distances (??) i was sort of looking up and it smacked me very hard above the left eye. that was a week ago and point of contact (skull) still hurts as does my neck. the day following the "head-bonk" was the worst pain day ever, pre or post op. i am still not back to baseline with pain or arm weakness. additionally, i am really feeling the hardware when i swallow. i had the lump-in-the-throat sensation for several weeks after the surgery, but it pretty much went away.
the logical question is whether i called the surgeon's office and the answer is "no". i have been assuming that i flared things up and it will resolve on its own. i do not want to have another x-ray unless it is absolutely necessary. i have had more than my fair share of radiation in my adult life and just in the past 6 months there have been multiple lumbar and cervical x-rays, and an abdominal ct with contrast this christmas eve for acute abdominal pain (unrelated to spine). in my 1st follow-up appointment, the surgeon told me that he has done over 1000 acdf's and he has never seen an issue with the actual fusion site after an accident/impact. that has assuaged my worries only somewhat and with continued pain, i am re-thinking my approach.
i would be very grateful to learn of any similar experiences during acdf recovery and how they played out. actually any thoughts (preferably reassurances - lol) would be great. i certainly didn't do my fusion any favors, but hoping against hopes that i didn't do it irreparable harm. like everyone else here, been through way too much.