I am 17 months post-op posterior cervical fusion, C4-5-6 and about a year and a help before that anterior fusion at c4-5 or 5-6, i can't remember! I have very limited neck extension and somewhat limed lateral movement. It almost seems like I have no neck muscles anymore as I tire very easily when I am moving head. I mainly sit at desk right now and can get that way through the day but once i start moving, I tire. I used to teach and I think if i were still teaching i would not be able to continue.
It gets to the pint that it gets painful and the only remedy is to lie down. Yesterday my wife and I spent the afternoon walking at a festival and i was in extreme pain. When I got home I layer down for a while.
I would think after 17 months, my neck muscles would have gotten stronger. I almost feel as if they are not connected. At middle of collar bone at back of neck, I feel like a mass of muscles that should be going somewhere! I have gone to PT, do modified pushups to help build my muscles. The middle of spine at back of neck feels like if someone hit me there it would do some damage, as i feel it going right up to my brain and sort of jolting like. I never noticed this feeling pre surgery.
Are these feelings normal? What can I do about the pain when I can't lie down as I want to be able to enjoy doing outside things without running into pain and I can't always lie down.