Neck pain years after surgery
I am new to this site and am looking for anyone who has possibly experienced what I am going through. I had neck surgery 12 years ago and my C5-C6, C6-C7 levels are fused together. I have experienced neck pain and strain on and off for the past 12 years but nothing severe and all completely manageable. Nothing that interfered too much with my ability to exercise or do the things I enjoy.
Recently, I have had an inordinate amount of neck pain and inability to move it (I assume from the muscle spasm), having headaches almost daily. I had an MRI done and the discs above and below the site of surgery are taking a beating and indicate disc bulging, osteoarthritis, disc protrusion, degeneration, etc... but no herniation. There is a distinct straightening of the spine seen due to muscle spasm.
I am hoping physical therapy and some medication is going to heal this pain. It is getting in the way of my exercise (kickboxing, lifting weights, running, etc) and it is driving me insane. Even without the exercise, I am in a good deal of pain most of the time.
Anyone have any advice on how to make this better?