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I had a 2 level ACDF on 12/9/2010 C5-6 and C6-7 with a titanium plate and screws. My surgeon used a cage with my bone fragments and protein in place of the disc. Due to the protein I had excessive swelling and was in the hospital for 5 1/2 days. Swelling, swallowing and sleeping are still issues. I also had the dilaudid pump. The nurse told my husband to make sure I pressed it every 10 minutes because I was so out of it I wasn't pressing it at all. He thankfully stayed with me for the first 24 hours. I can understand your concerns being so young. I am 49 and I have known for the last 5-6 years that I was going to need this surgery. My surgery was caused by DDD and arthritis, herniated and pinched nerves. My thumbs go numb often, the area under my chin, my neck and areas by the incision and drain are also numb. I have heard that all of the above are part of the normal healing process. I think you and everyone else you has this or similar surgery will be cautious the rest of their life. Let know how you are making out. I am trying to be "good" and use the bone stimulator for 4 hours a day. Not sure how I will be when I go back to work. I am bored at home and would love to go back to work but do not feel I am ready to drive 30 minutes each way and work for a full day. What about you? Good luck with your recovery!

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