I had an ACDF performed on July 25th to fuse C3-4 and 4-5. Four years previous, I had 5-6 and 6-7 done. I am not sure what is going on, but last week I noticed a lot of spasming of the muscles at my upper back/lower neck area and it's not easy to turn my neck from side to side. Also, more difficulty looking up and down as well. Also, I am noticing headaches above the eyes and at the top of my head as well as some arm pain at upper arms.
After surgery, everything felt pretty well. I did my walking, which is all my surgeon wants his patients to do, physically (no PT). I wore my collar and did not drive until told to do so. I had a decent range of motion, but made sure not to overdo "trying things."
My job is as a school bus driver, and school started for us here Wednesday of last week (Sept 7th). It really isn't physically demanding, so I am confused as to why this is happening and if any of you have experienced anything like I am going through now? This didn't happen last time I had an ACDF and I have had the same surgeon (NS) for all 5 surgeries (lumbar and cervical).
I just find this very upsetting because I certainly tried to do everything the right way. Any thoughts, experiences, whatever is welcome.