I am a little over 2 weeks post op - 2 level ACDF.
At my post op appt, surgeon instructed me to start weaning off the collar - taking it off at times during the day, as tolerated. Must always wear collar when sleeping and passenger in car.
It's been about 4 days of taking collar off for different times during day. I put it back on when I start to have pain, discomfort, fatigue.
However, I have noticed in general, my pain seems worse now. A lot of aching in base of neck, burning between shoulder blades and even some pain in rib area- right side. Especially at night.
I am wondering if this is "normal" - just part of the healing process as nerves and muscles sort of wake up and heal?