Fatigue 3 weeks after acdf surgery

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Abilene
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   Posted 6/22/2015 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome alepatmat,
Do NOT stretch those muscles!! It's way too soon. Are you in a different collar other than for sleeping? If so, just try sleeping in it. Many of us have slept in a recliner until we were ready to get back in our bed. I don't think we were told to do that, it just felt better, more supportive leaning back in the recliner rather than being propped on pillows in bed. Sitting up was not required.

Walking 2 miles is also too much, in my opinion, 3 weeks post-op. Were you told to walk that much? Each recovery and each doctor is certainly different, so I will just say this is all my opinion. Are you trying to get back to work or do you have small children to care for. Those two things seem to encourage people to rush recovery, which often results in it actually taking longer. Is Tylenol the only pain medication you are taking? Do you have a muscle relaxer too? Are you using ice packs several times a day? That is great for pain relief since there is swelling from the surgery.

Taller Now posted a one year update recently. Have you read that? It's still on the first page.

It is best for new members to Post New Topic and introduce themselves, so please do that so people will respond and welcome you. If you choose to answer all my questions you can do that in your new post. There are several members here who have experience with cervical fusions. My own fusion was 18 months ago.

Welcome to our THINK FUSION CLUB!!
Subclinical Hyperthyroidism; Sleep Apnea; Shoulder Impingement Syndrome.
Posterior C3 - C7 laminectomy and fusion 2 rods and 10 screws, local bone graft from surgery site-lamina and other bony tissue 12/17/2013
Thankful for my husband of over 40 years

Taller Now
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   Posted 6/22/2015 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome alepalmat,
I am sorry you had to have the surgery. I slept with my hard collar for 4 months and even now over a year later I sleep with a soft collar. But I have osteoporosis and they were worried about my fusing. I wore the bone fuser for eight months four hours a day. But it worked. I am fused. Still in pain but not as bad and major symptoms were alleviated. You must give yourself six months to heal and my neurosurgeon said really two years for healing and to know what you are left with for pain etc. so I still hope I will feel better in a year from now.

I would listen to your body and figure out what is comfortable for you and follow your doctors orders. I found sleeping tortuous with the hard collar. At the time I didn't have a recliner and that would have been ideal. I rigged a lawn chair in my living room. And tried to sleep in my bed with lots of pillows. I slept on my back with pillows under each arm and my legs. I also rigged a tray over me so I could read in bed. I would wake up in a panic with that awful thing on. But it serves a purpose.

But each surgery is different so I don't think two peoples situation is the same. You do have to treat your neck like it is broken (it is) and so if you have a broken bone you must not move it until it is healed. Must not put any strain on it, fall, jar it, vibrate it etc. I wasn't even allowed to be IN a car for 4 months! I don't think doctors really tell all before the surgery. It is only later that bits and pieces start coming together that they say. You are very early in your healing!!!

This is a great site and lots of folks who have had the surgery. Ask away and take it real easy and baby that neck so it heals up.
C4-7 ACDF on June 2014:Large plate, 8 screws: done for spurring all levels, vertebrate collapsed and pushing on spinal cord.
Severe osteoporosis, DDD and osteoarthritis - all levels of spine
Failed L5/S1 LD surgery, spondylitheisis, stenosis, etc.
Migraines, cervicogenic headaches,hysterectomy, melanoma
Health nut, fit, active my whole life in spite of: tailgater did me in...

Taller Now
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   Posted 6/22/2015 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Abilene is correct - don't stretch your neck at all! And I think you are walking too much as well. You also must be careful to not put your body at risk of falling. Your neck is broken, so lay low and be careful! And yes, I posted my one year info recently. This is a super long recovery and I hate to say it but you will never be the same. Take care and welcome to the think fusion club! 🌀
C4-7 ACDF on June 2014:Large plate, 8 screws: done for spurring all levels, vertebrate collapsed and pushing on spinal cord.
Severe osteoporosis, DDD and osteoarthritis - all levels of spine
Failed L5/S1 LD surgery, spondylitheisis, stenosis, etc.
Migraines, cervicogenic headaches,hysterectomy, melanoma
Health nut, fit, active my whole life in spite of: tailgater did me in...

straydog
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   Posted 6/22/2015 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Laura & welcome to the forum. We do ask all new members to make a separate intro post so that all members will see it & be able to say hello & welcome aboard.

What you have written above is perfect for an intro post so maybe you can copy & paste it.

To start a new thread look to the left & click where it says Post New Topic. Also, we don't want to high jack the original posters thread. Thanks.
Susie
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Abilene
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   Posted 6/22/2015 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I thought of something else for you to read, alepatmat. In the Chronic Pain 101 at the top of our Posts, the 3rd comment in that was written by and for us who have had fusions. So read that and perhaps find something helpful to you.

And be sure to start your own topic so that others will see your post. Thanks for joining us.
Subclinical Hyperthyroidism; Sleep Apnea; Shoulder Impingement Syndrome.
Posterior C3 - C7 laminectomy and fusion 2 rods and 10 screws, local bone graft from surgery site-lamina and other bony tissue 12/17/2013
Thankful for my husband of over 40 years

Raew64333
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   Posted 9/29/2017 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Taller... I noticed your old Post fro! 2014 ACDF surgery.. I am Post op gong on 3weeks now.. I had my first surgery 16years ago .. This surgery was to re!over old hardware and new hardware from C3-C7... All has gone very well but last few days have been fatigued.. Shoulder muscles tire easy.. Still on muscle relaxers but no pain med since 4 days Post op..
I noticed you were fatiqued.. Can you share anything with me?
Hope you are well recovered..

straydog
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   Posted 10/1/2017 7:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Raew, you have bought up a thread that is 2 years old so not many will see your post. If you would please start a new thread of your own so more members will see it. We do hear from Taller Now from time to time.

Take care.
Susie
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HurtingJackie
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   Posted 10/9/2017 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I am three months past fusion of L5-S1 and am still tired. I am 64 and have always had issues with needing my rest, but not like this. I sleep about 10 hours a night. If I exert myself and work or exercise during the the day, I am wiped out the next. So, I just go with it knowing my body is still healing. I have lots of nerve pain in my leg and foot, so that may contribute to the fatigue. No one really knows.
HurtingJackie
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