I didn't have a cervical fusion, but did have a lumbar one and I can tell you, that you need to listen to your surgeon and take an appropriate amount of time off work. A month might be a better time frame than a few days or even a week. I have heard that the cervical is easier on the body, but that is for one level, not multiple levels. Ask to talk to other patients and ask the surgeon for a realistic time frame before returning to work. He has done enough of them to have a good idea of what is realistic and what is not.
When you decide to go off the methadone, make sure that you follow the doctor's orders in tapering down. It's one of the harder meds to come off of, since it has such a long half life, so the taper is different than it is for the rest of the meds. I was on it, long ago and can't remember how I did it, but it was entirely too fast and I wound up giving myself a seizure. You don't want that to happen to you.
Excercise in moderation, you don't want to set off your lumbar area and create new problems for yourself and not right now, since you are facing that cervical surgery.
Take care and do things slow and easy my friend.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.