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11 weeks post acdf

catccat Posts: 29
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I'm 11 weeks post acdf c7T1.Still have burning tightness in scalenes and traps. Had 1 month of PT at 4 weeks but feel i have plateaued. Does this burn pain ever go away with time? I'm taking Baclofen and Tylenol. I'm afraid to "get out there" but the pain seems to be worse when I'm home alone. I'd like to go back to work in September, but I'm afraid I can't do it. Should I go out even though back is tight and keep moving? Also I walk 1 mile twice a day...now I have bursitis in my hip..Should I continue light walking or stop altogether? Thanks for help..I love to hear from anyone who works with repetitive motion as cause of neck pain. Thanks to all for this forum.


  • I'm about the same time past surgery as you. I still have pain down my arms but less than prior to surgery. My shoulders are still hard as rocks. I'm having a bad flare of my back and down my legs, bursitis.

    That being said, I did have cortisone shots in my hips yesterday and will be having nerve shots in my back (L5-S1). I hope with these I can at least keep walking.

    Maybe you can get some help for your bursitis. It might help build your endurance if you can keep moving or be as active as you can at home.

    Take care.
    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • Were your cortisone shots done by your PCP...did they give the shots under a phloroscope (SP?) I had one years ago and I think they used a scope of some kind to direct the needle...I'm seeing my pcp on monday for something else and wonder if she could do a cortisone shot for me or does it have to be a specialist? I'd love to keep walking for my neck.
  • At 11 weeks you are still very early in your recovery. I had a 2 level done in 12/9/2010. At the 6 month mark there was a big difference in how i felt. I am just about at the 9 month recovery mark. I still get the burning, tingling and knots in my shoulders, and back. I am hoping that they disappear, but it is still way better than presurgery. I use the home TENS unit and go for massages to help with the situation. Have a pain free weekend. :)
  • The muscles in your neck and back have weakened for a long time and will take time to become strong. In the meantime, they will tighten and spasm from dysfunction. I am almost 6 months post-op and learning what I can do and can't do. Know your body and know when something is aggravating your muscles. I know that I can not do the plank position in yoga and I can not keep my head in a horizontal position for long.

    I agree with frenchfri about massages. Unfortunately, you need to find a massage therapist who understands myofascial release and trigger points. I've been to a lot of massage therapists and most do not know what they are doing. You can learn about trigger points and give yourself massages using either a tennis ball and a theracane. Good luck and hope you find some relief soon! :)
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
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