I had an ACDF procedure performed on July 15, 2009 (C 5 and 6). For two weeks, the pain that I had experienced (neck pain and shoulder/trap pain on both sides, mostly muscle pain) vanished. Then, after those two weeks passed, my shoulder pain began to return, followed by the neck pain.
As of right now, my pain is EXACTLY the same as it was BEFORE I had the surgery. My surgeon tells me that my MRI and XRAYs are perfect, almost textbook example of how the procedure is supposed to play out. He gave me some trigger point injections (lydocane) and topical anti-inflammatory patches. Neither of these worked.
He tells me that he believes that my pain is due to the healing process after surgery. I just don't understand why the pain was absent for two weeks, only to return. I'm not sleeping well, and I completely HATE going to bed, as I know the pain is about to begin.
Is there anyone here who might be able to shed some light on this?