I responded to your post over in the Neurology Forum several days ago, I’m glad you came back.
From me post surgery was worse, before surgery my pain levels were much lower, I was taking some pain medication, but not much. After surgery my pain levels were off the chart and I was taking the maximum dosage of everything.
The upper back pain is normal; we all suffered from that. I read about your shoulder problem in your last post, have you mentioned this to your Doctor? I didn’t have any problem with facial swelling, so I don’t know much about that, it could be from the trauma of the surgery. I do have left sided facial numbness about 80% of the time which I’m reasonably certain is referred from one of the other levels in my C-spine. I think your numbness will get better in time. Are you sure your incision is healing properly, does it hurt more than it should? The coughing and choking feeling sounds awful, I did have trouble swallowing for awhile, but nothing like that.
I don’t know if you read my reply to your post in the other forum, so I’ll say it again. At 2 weeks out, you’re just beginning your recovery. The 1st 2 -3 weeks after surgery for me were [email protected]
, it hurt to move and I was taking maximum dosages of every med I had, just to take the edge off. This is one of the reasons why I’ve been putting my surgery off; unfortunately, I need to have another one. A lot of the pain you’re having is normal and you’re going to have it for awhile, but you should slowly begin to feel better as time goes on.
How soon do you go back for your 1st post-op appointment? Make sure you tell your Doctor all your concerns, particularly about your shoulder pain. This is a rough surgery for some people to recover from, I’ve had back surgery and the recovery from that wasn’t exactly a walk in the park, but it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as the ACDF. Your pain should begin to lighten up soon; it’s just going to take awhile.