So after surgery on 4/4/11 and during the first 4 weeks at home recovering, I was doing relatively well with the pain and actually had some days where I felt hardly any and was therefore very optimistic and in good spirits. As soon I returned to work this week, all of a sudden I'm experiencing my pre-surgery pain all over again as my muscles are in spasm. Particularly my traps both upper and mid. I also have overall tightening in my entire back, shoulders and now deltoids. Lack of movement seems to be causing my entire body to feel tight. I am in management and sit at a computer for most of the day. I don't have the nice headrest and recliner I had at home nor the luxury of going and resting when I felt a little twinge of pain. My Doctor has stated that patience and rest is the best remedy at this time as I'm only 4 weeks out, so I'm going to take the afternoons off of work and go home.
What is very frustrating however is the pre-surgery pain and muscle spasms, thankfully minus the excruciating pain at my C7 spinous process - although my incision site is still pretty tender to the touch and have some pain around there too. It's also concerning and demoralizing that we have surgery to get rid of pain but when the same sort of pain comes back, what to make of it. I know I just had the surgery, but the only thing I can do is rest, ice and take meds. I still have the collar on which it seems makes the muscle spasms worse and there is not much I can do about it because we're supposed to wear it 24-7 in the first number of weeks. I wish I could start therapy now particularly to start getting my body moving again and stretched but can't for another couple of weeks.
Anybody felt like I have, that while you're at home you're doing relatively well but as soon as you return to work, pain increases. Would love to hear from you all.