Had surgery to open up left c5 c6 foraminal stenosis 1 year ago. Scar is in the back of my neck with a deep depression apparently from moving muscles to get at spine. Went well and relieved symptons except for some thumb numbness. Shortly after surgery I began getting upper backaches particularly when standing or walking. Pain is bilateral in the middle section of the upper back. Best relief is to lay down for a few hours, sitting in a soft chair, kneeling by the bedd and putting my head on it, or taking hydromorphone. Neurosurgeon was great but he gives me no help with this other than prescribing a limited amount of medicine. I am timid about exercise because I believe that doing chin ups actually triggered the need for the foraminal surgery. Does this sound like a typical post neck surgery issue?
Male, 65 years old