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Neck Muscle Spasm/Soreness

Hello All:

I had an ACDF in April of 2011 and have done fairly well. The only issue right after the surgery, was a paralyzed vocal cord, which only lasted about 6 weeks.

I am now having some muscle spasms and soreness in the neck muscle right beside my incision/scar. The spasms started last week, the first time, when I yawned. And it has happened a couple of more times since then.

This morning when I yawned, it did it again, and now that muscle is tight and sore.

Any thoughts? I am going to call my neurosurgeon this afternoon to see if I need an appointment to go in. Has anyone else had this type of experience this far out from surgery?

Thanks for your help in advance...



  • JoydancerJJoydancer Posts: 463
    edited 08/20/2012 - 8:52 PM
    Good to hear that the complication you had with vocal cord post-surgery from ACDF resolved and was only temporary.

    Re: Muscle spasms and soreness by incision/scar area

    I have muscle /ligaments problems from scoliosis on left and deformity of c-spine since my early years. I have lived with aching, soreness and atrophy issues. So I am not a good candidate to respond, but that's good to check in with your NS on it and hopefully it will be something that can be
    resolved without much problem.

    I have had ENT specialists at times and know how wonderful they are with being very thorough and have diagnostics that can see how the muscles/ligaments may be affecting your throat and swallowing movements, and as you may know your vocal cords.

    Hope your NS can know or recommend what to do.

    Let us know what the call to your NS brings - - Hoping it is something that can be resolved and not a progressive complication from your surgery.
  • I'm sorry that I can't really help with your question, but would think that after nearly 18 months since surgery, that it may indicate some problem.
    What did your neurosurgeon say about it?
    I hope it is nothing serious.

    I was wondering about your paralysed vocal cord, did you completely lose your voice?

    I am facing a 2 level ACDF and have been told that this is a possible complication from this surgery. I am relieved to hear that it did go after about 6 weeks.
  • WonderboytwiceWWonderboytwice Posts: 149
    edited 08/29/2012 - 11:20 AM
    I have had 3 cervical operations in 15 months and suffer quite a bit with muscle spasms but I find that taking amitryptiline helps a great deal. My operations were ACDF C2/3/4 in September 2010 followed by Posterior C5/6/7 and plating to Facet joints in December 2011. They have discovered that some of my metal work is impinging but cannot be removed for 6 months until complete fusion has occurred!! I was very lucky with the ACDF operation as I did not lose my voice although I am still experiencing some difficulty in swallowing food. When my neck becomes very painful I wear my Sports collar for an hour or so which helps.
  • I had an ACDF 3-7 in May 2011. I had a partially paralyzed vocal chord which slowly improved over a number of months. I am still numb on the left side of my neck, but I don't get spasms there. I still get spasms in my right shoulder blade. I agree with Joydancer - if your NS can't shed any light, check with an ENT. He helped me understand my throat issues.

    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
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