I have been reading these posts from everyone since I first decided to have ACDF (c5-c6), but now feel desperate enough to post! I am now 7 weeks post op and was slowly doing better until last week when I was allowed to:
-remove the (soft) collar
-start PT for muscle pain
I told the NS asst I was having some nerve pains at the post op appt and she said its most likely from the muscular pain I have been experiencing post op. Well, its more like the electric zippers that last a second or a short sharp pain like I had after the discogram that was definitely nerve-related.
Since that appt a week ago, I went twice to PT and only had massage and ultrasound treatment, no exercise; and also have had the collar off and have driven at least once a day since (have 3 kids). Now I am worse than ever. I have all kinds of nerve irritation going on all over the place, up and down both arms, down my back and places where I didn't have it before. I am back on vicodin which only helps minimally, and now any activity makes it worse.
My muscle pain has always been more aching and burning in nature, which I also still have, but expect at this point. How do I know if this new pain is muscle or nerve? Has anyone else experienced this when limitations were lifted??? I am just scared they aren't going to go away, and if I should go back to the collar and not driving for longer? (I did have one other surgical opinion that said my other discs could go from the strain of the fusion. Hoping its not that either.)
Any feedback would be SO appreciated! Help