I had a posterior cervical fusion (C1 C2 with wire and my own bone for fusion) on April 6th, so two and a half weeks ago. I had surgery due to atlantoaxial facet joint osteoarthritis, which was the result of a motor vehicle accident 3 years ago when the vehicle I was driving was sideswiped by a logging truck.
I'm just wondering how long the surgical pain lasts, and has anyone experienced muscle spasms post surgery? I used to have episodes of them pre-surgery, so it is nothing new. I have started PT and do daily stretching of my back, in addition to walking between 1-2 miles/day. My neck seems very weak and the spasms start if I am up for more than two hours......any advice?
April 2011 C1-C2 Fusion (Brooks wiring)
January 2012 C1-C2 Revision Fusion (Harms Technique)
2010 - current: Trigger Point Injections, Epidural Injections, Bilateral C2-C3 Radiofrequency Ablations