Over the past year, I have had 2 posterior c1-c2 fusions (first one failed). In between, I was only strong enough to return to work part time (up to 30 hours a week). I am now 3.5 months after my second surger and have had to return to work since my temporary disability ran out. While I have an office job, and have made adjustments to my workspace (have both stand up workstation and desk, frequent breaks, etc), I still get burning on the back of my head and pain/pressure in my temples if I am up too long. I know that my neck muscles are weak. I am still wearing a miami J collar about 80% of the time and go to PT 2x/week and massage weekly. Unfortunately, due to the pain, I still rely on pain medication to get through my day.....
So I guess my question is, for all you other neckies out there, how long until my neck muscles start recovering? I am losing my patience!
April 2011 C1-C2 Fusion (Brooks wiring)
January 2012 C1-C2 Revision Fusion (Harms Technique)
2010 - current: Trigger Point Injections, Epidural Injections, Bilateral C2-C3 Radiofrequency Ablations