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Post-op ACDF C5-C6
Sep 28, 2012
Hey all,

I had an ACDF at C5-C6 with hip autograft on September 18. Prior to surgery, I had severe spinal cord compression and nerve root compression.

I have some pretty awful muscle spasms in my traps, and my graft site is really painful.

I do have very good ROM in my neck (I don't move it too much, my first post-op visit is Monday), but it cracks sometimes. I am paranoid that the hardware is cracking!!

What's been "normal" for everyone after an ACDF. My pain is tolerable, I get by using Robaxin and Neurontin, but I just wanted to know how many months should I expect to be uncomfortable? When did you all start PT? How the HECK do you sleep comfortably in your collars? I have a soft collar, and it always feels like it's choking the life out of me.

I look forward to chit chatting with other "pains in the neck". :)

Sleep in a recliner, if you have one...

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