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I'm a newbie, 9 weeks post op acdf c6-7

shelbyjsshelbyj Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:40 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi, I am 9 weeks post op from acdf. I was just wondering if it is normal to still have neck pain and spasms in my neck and shoulders. My doctor called in scripts for vicoden and valium today and said these were the last scripts he would give me. I feel like they think I am seeking drugs. I was just wondering when the pain and spasms should stop. Thanks for any help.



  • Shelby, it looks like this is your first post. welcome to spine-health. To answer your question, really there is no one-size-fits-all answer. It is normal to still have neck pain. Spine surgery takes a long time to recover from. The spasming and pain should eventually subside. I would suggest that you work with a physical therapist to strengthen the muscles of your neck and shoulders. Doing simple stretches throughout the day does help with some of the spasming. If your doctor has not ordered physical therapy, ask him for a referral. My opinion is that we all need to learn how to take care of our "new" necks. Correct posture is key to getting rid of your neck pain. Stretches are VERY important to get those muscles loosened and keep them from knotting up.

    Remember to be gentle with your neck. You are still new out of surgery.

    Good luck, and again, welcome to spine-health.
    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
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