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Neck pain years after surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,900
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
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?
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Comments

  • ND,

    Your situation sounds similar to mine. I hsd a one level ACDF done 15 years ago, and my neck has been somewhar uncomfortable, but manageable, ever since. I think the levels immediately above and below do take a beating due to the fusion. Also, the ageing process causes degeneration and arthritis.

  • Have they given you muscle relaxers to take? Can you get some pt?
  • I have a physical therapist who has cranked back my shoulders and worked with me to hold my head directly over my spine, chin tilted in. Feels really weird, but I have some degeneration at c7-t1, and trying hard to save this disc - carrying your head forward can apparently really stress it out after the fusion. She also told me to get a bicycle that will have me sitting straight up - forget my hybrid and bending over handlebars.

    Other than that, I do a lot of forward bends, and lie on my back on my bed with my head over the edge to give my spine a break from holding my head up. Had some success with acupuncture before surgery too.
  • yep, try as I might, my posture isn't that great. I purchased the MBT shoes, and they help, but I still tend to have an anterior positioning of my head. I've heard that is very common among type A personalities. I need to keep working on it, although my c-spine is shot so it may be too late!
  • ND196805 said:
    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?
    i just had surgury done on the 16th.. of this month.. now i have pain just like that its bad.. but this pain is something i connot deal with at all i dont know what to do? the doctor wants a x-ray but usually xrays dont really show anything.. and i know that.. does anyone know how to talk to my doctor about this? i dont really wanna bother him but its something that cant be ignored




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