Well, I had my post op 6/23/09 and I can't return to work until July 7th now. My muscle pain is still severe. I added Soma 350mg to my routine. Will this help ?? I have been getting into my pool and after I am done my pain comes back worse. My doctor said it's like if anyone went out and ran 50 miles that was not in shape, they would be in major pain the next day. He said my muscles are sore from surgery and after each pool exercise I do it should be better. I am not to wear my soft cervical collar but It helps me feel less tired. He said it would make my neck muscles lazy. I have to do some range of motion exercises too, I can only move my neck about a inch to left and right and if i was nodding yes. Has anyone else had this surgery and have any suggestions. I think my pain level is still to high. Its depressing me some too. I have my own pool to exercise in also. Thanks all if you reply.
2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
Steroid injections series x 4.