I'm 8 months post-op ADR with the Prestige on c5-c6. Every day I struggle with neck pain when I do little tasks like cook a meal, mop the floor, or even sit at my computer (which has an ergonomic setup). Once I have neck pain, it stays with me all day, even if I ice it, take Aleve, or a muscle relaxer. Once my neck pain kicks in, I start to have nerve pain (tingling) in my right hand. My physical therapist thinks this is because once the c-spine gets irritated, everything else in the area gets inflamed and puts pressure on the nerves.
My surgeon ordered a CT scan and said that I didn't have any surgical problems, and sent me to a pain management doctor, who seems good, but I'm obviously still struggling with pain.
I have a TENS unit, which will gives me a little relief, but I'm only supposed to use it 15 minutes a day. Physical therapy helps, but it's not something I can do every day.
Essentially, I'm physically fine as long as I don't get out of bed or the recliner -- which seems to defeat the purpose of the surgery. Yes, my massive nerve pain is gone, but this seems like a lousy tradeoff. I work a desk job and have been unable to go back to work because of the neck pain.
I'm wondering if anyone else has this type of neck pain with the Prestige? If so -- what did you do?