I’ve had 3 ACDF surgeries. Cervical spine surgeries and dates:
8-22-2006 C5/6 ACDF
05-22-2007 C6/7 ACDF
10-24-2008 C3/4, and C4/5 ACDF w/titanium cages
I have some nerve damage, and have had good days, weeks, months or bad days, weeks, and months. I am sick of complaining about the neck pain to my husband who will never completely understand, and I am beyond frustrated! I used to be an active person, and that is what is killing me….
I am currently working out with a trainer at the corrective trainer at the gym who used to be a therapist, and is very aware of my neck situation. I try to work out twice a week, but it depends on my pain level, and inflammation. I also go to the Phys. Therapist twice a week to work out the rocks (I mean knots…. ) in my neck, which never seem to go away no matter what I do.
The Phys. Therapist said “hmm I wonder what it’s there? (in one of my knots, because it’s so hard)”. I have bought every exercise machine, heating pad, ice pads, pillows, etc…. that will possibly help me with the pain. I bought an elliptical machine, but even that kills my neck when I go slow…. So that’s why I’m trying to build up the muscles (what muscles…ha ha) in my neck, because I believe that it will help prevent future damage/surgeries.
I happen to like programming computers, which my neck just loves! I try to work on my new laptop at home, but can’t get comfortable for the life of me, and usually end up in tears of frustration! I’M SO SICK OF IT!!! I hate pain meds, and they don’t help anyways, and I’ve tried pretty much every medication out there with all their lovely side effects.
No one seems to be able to tell me if I can damage my neck further with working out at the gym to build neck muscles? My doctor said if it doesn’t hurt then don’t do it? Well how else am I supposed to build up my neck muscles? My left side has always been my bad side, and now my sciatic (aka psychotic) nerve is inflamed!
No one seems to understand that just sitting here at work for 8 hours a day is a chore, and let alone trying to clean my house!
Am I just whining, crazy, and or too negative? I am feeling super down… lately because of the pain!