I posted in the neck pain section, but I don't think I was as clear as I could have been. Need some guidance and help in understanding what I am going through right now.
I had C5-C7 ACDF on 8/31/09. I had 2 bulging discs into spinal cord, no arm pain but excruciating neck pain. It took me 5 months to feel good after the surgery. I struggled mightily with getting the inflammation and muscle spasms to alleviate. I had a lot of pain in spinous processes at the C7 area. In January 2010, I had a facet block injection. I did not feel good initially from it, but 3 weeks later all of a sudden my neck pain went away completely and stayed away for a year.
I last saw my NS on 3/26/10, he gave me a full bill of health with no limitations. I believe I have taken that too far and have caused dire consequences. After a year of running and lifting weights without any discomfort, 2 weeks ago it appears I have re-injured the area and then some. I am experiencing the pre-surgery issues and this sucks. It feels like I have a swollen C7-T1, painful to the touch and radiates burning, searing pain across upper back. I am having severe muscles spasms in neck and my neck feels "stuck" as if I can't turn it properly, it's pulling my skull back, I feel out of alignment. Bending my neck forward is often the worse pain.
I haven't gone back to NS yet as I am presently in Physical Therapy. Only 2 sessions there and PT thinks I just irritated the area, but my concern is the neck "sticking" and the level of discomfort not allowing me to sleep or hardly get through day. I had an NS appointment on Friday, but canceled because I was hoping that PT would be my answer with massage therapy, heat and stim. Looks like I need to schedule tomorrow because I'm freaking out.
Has anyone had this experience? As well, could irritation/inflammation be this bad or did I do something to further injure the fusion and/or adjacent area. Please your comments are welcome.