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Suzanne, Im glad your husband is feeling better than he was. He will only get better now. There may be different pains along the way but he will get better. The muscle spasms for me felt like a knife across my shoulders and was tighter than a banjo string. That lasted for me about 2 or 3 weeks the severe pain then became much less intense. I am 15 weeks now and I still get some spasms but on a pain level of 1 to 10 about a 2. The swallowing issure lasted for about a week. I used a straw to drink out of and ate lots of mashed potatoes and soups. I probably used a straw for about a month because the neck stiffness.
The 2 guys I work with both had the hip graft and they said the hip pain was much worse than the neck. It took both of them about a month till it felt truly comfortable to walk on. Both said walking helped alot. I started out walking for 5 min the first week a couple times a day and built on that as the weeks went by. It helps the fusion process.
Most people on this site would agree that taking the meds help alot for the first few weeks but by the end of the 1st month he will probable not need them.
I also had some swelling at the base of the neck and you could see the swelling, that took about 2 months to go away.
Im curious is your husbands neck numb close where they did the incision? Some folks get that, Im numb from my incision to my chin the length of the scar. That usually goes away according to other people anywhere from 3 months to 6 months and some took a year.
I hope this helps I am coming on 4 months and my neck movement is getting better and Im getting stronger. Each month brings lots of improvement, just make sure he takes it easy and it will come.
Keep in touch and lets us know his recovery process and beware that some people get depression after this surgery and it last for a little while until they see improvement.

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