I am 4 weeks post op from 2 level ACDF.
While I know everyone heals differently, I have to admit I am getting frustrated at where I am, and where I read others are.
One thing in particular that concerns me is when I wake up. Everyday when I wake up- regardless of where I slept (recliner, couch, bed)- I am in PAIN.
Throbbing pain at base of neck, pain across top of shoulders, burning pain down each arm into each bicep, and finally numbness in left hand.
Compared to pre surgery -the pain now is different, and worse. Numbness is present but improved.
It takes me a good hour to get going in the morning because of this pain, and I have to take pain meds to help alleviate these symptoms or else I will end up just sitting in recliner all day. Sometimes I am even throwing ice packs on.
I am walking daily and doing hand excersises- that's it. Not ordered anything else at this time. I am resting, really taking it easy.
Anyone else like this? Should I be calling my surgeon? I go back in a few weeks...
Sorry if I am just being a worry-wart.