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severe muscle spasm after cervical fusion

AnonymousUserAnonymousUser Posts: 51,513
edited 06/11/2012 - 1:22 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
hello, i am 8 months post op from 3 level posterior fusion,i am having horrible muscle pain in my trapezius and collar bone,anyone else experiencing these symptoms?


  • Hi Carol, funny I just ran across your post. I'm having the worst pain and numbness and tingling today on my whole right side including my face. I actually just took some Tylenol and 2 Ibuprofen hoping it will help. Icing it in a few minutes as well.

    I don't go for my next follow up for 3 weeks. I might just call the DO's office tomorrow to see if this is normal.
  • Hi Carol,
    Welcome to spine-health. When is your last set of films taken. Do you know if you have a fusion yet. You could be having problems in one of the level causing the problems. Is one of the levels fused c4-c5. It is common to have pain after fusion but if the pain was gone and then has returned i would be calling the surgeon and have them take a look. Anyway wanted to say welcome to spine-health. Surf around there is a lot of information and members that can help you here. Look forward to reading more of your post.
  • Oh yeah I am having them myself. Sometimes flexerils and a heating pad dont even work. Please keep us posted Carol on what you find out!!
  • 10 months post two level cervical fusion still have severe muscle spasms, (neurological pain resolved immediately following surgery) Have been taking diazepam, parafon forte for too long. Emailed my surgeon (who is excellent) and asked if a new form of botox is a possibility to paralyze the spastic muscles and he said yes, but did not know who to refer. After investigating on internet this is an approved therapy. In 2006 I had an artificial disc replacement and had no complications afterwards, great treatment if you have a single level problem!
  • Add me to the list of neckies with spasms. It has been my experience that when I take a muscle relaxer as needed rather than as prescribed my spasms increase and are more difficult to control. But if I take them every 8 hours as prescribed, I can keep a handle on them. Of course I should take my own advice, because I am down to only taking about one a day and the spasms are increasing.

    Call your doctor and explain what is going on though, like the others have said. Especially if this is new.

    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
  • The numbness has been weird for me today. Right now, it feels worse than when I went in for surgery.

    I've had this on and off for the past 3 of the 5 weeks now. Is this still normal? My doctor's nurse says it is. The pain was gone only for about 2 weeks.

    Should I go to the ER??
  • Jeff, I'm surprised that your numbness is getting worse. When do you see your surgeon again? Have you had post op x-rays? You should be at about the 6 week mark and so I'm hoping that you are scheduled to see the surgeon soon. If not, I would call and get an appointment to discuss this issue with him personally. Ask for x-rays if you haven't had them. Sorry you are worried and in pain. It seems like it never ends, doesn't it?
    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
  • Hey Cindy, I slept for almost 10 hours and just now am awake.

    My appt isn't until 9/4 and he does plan on X-rays at that time.

    Yes, it seems to come and go with the numbnes.
  • As far as the numbness goes. I mean I know i shouldnt be complaining yet. I do go for xrays on 9/17, so we shall see.
  • I just went to see my doc. about pain and numbness in neck and shoulder, same symptoms as before surgery. He told me to try flector patches, due to the fact I was told not to take ibuprofen, and also gave me tramadol for pain and told me to try muscle relaxers. He said it could take awhile to work, but if it don't work in about 2 weeks I am suppose to go in for a cat scan or MRI, but he also said that the fusion looks good. I would recommend going to the doc though.
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