Just looking for anyone with similiar story....I had first ACDF one level 11/03, then needed 2 more levels done urgently 4/07 as the ligaments were so lax that bones were going in opposite directions with flexion and extension. I also had herniated 2 additional discs above the original ACDF. They refer to it as transitional effect.
So now it is 1-1/2 years later and for the past 3 months I have daily pain, esp. on awakening and later in the day. Pain is on both sides of the base of my head, down the spine bones and out to the shoulders. All the muscles in the area seem effected and most of the time I turn my whole body to see sides or back as range of motion decreases - other times I do okay.
From my research I figure this is just arthritis progressing (I am now 62) and Advil does seem to take the edge off during the day. But now I am at once a week needing a moist heating pad, Advil, 1/2 Percocet, Valium, just to break the pain cycle.
I know I do NOT want any injections! I really am resistant to go back to the doctors, even my internist, but I am beginning to think some PT might help.
Just wondering what others might have experienced and any 'home' hints, like traction......