Hi my spiney friends. I saw my ortho surgeon today. After weeks of being clumsy and hitting my head and such, we might have found an answer!
I sat in the dr's office waiting for him to come, reviewing my list of questions. He walked in and says "I was up until 3am researching and reading about your case. I think I found the answer". I was floored becaue I didn't think doctors did stuff like that. I'm used to the drs that if they don't know what it is, they medicate it.
He said that there is a ligament at the bottom of my spine and because I also have lumbar herniated disk, that the ACDF while fixing my neck triggered the nerves to reawaken and the muscles to tighten in reaction of the pain stimulus. He gave me a simple but extremely PAINFUL exercise to do twice a day for the next four weeks. He said for me to push through the pain but not overdo it. I'm to stay with the Vicoden and Flexeril for the next 4 weeks.
Ok...that's' the good news!!!! The bad part was that after he did it, my head felt like it was gonna explode and my left arm was completely tingling. He sais this was completely normal and would resolve after a while.
so...still not driving or working but we have an answer for the clumsiness and pain this far into recovery....I think that's good news.