Hi everyone. I'm so glad to be here. I have had cervical laminoplasty c4-7 May 15th and was wondering if anyone has had such awful "shortening" feeling of the muscles of the back of the neck, side neck and upper back muscles post-surgery either laminoplasty or other posterior cervical surgery. I've taken a lot of various pain killers that help so much but come with side effects of itching, little red dots on tip of tongue, chest rash from Percoset (which Reeeely helped!). I now take Klonopin to try to telax these muscles which seem to be made out of brick and I take ibuprofen with Tylenol and Dilaudid 2 mg with Benadryl for the itch/flush and the Dilaudid is useless. The pain management team is awful and I am at the most famous spine hospital in the northeast! I'm so depressed I felt almost suicudal the other night and I do take an anti-depressant. I am walking, using a heating pad and cold packs and I use lidocaine patches. This muscle severe stiffness is breaking my spirit. Any advice please help and thank you with all my heart in advance. Btw...my surgeon never, ever calls patients back unless they're ready to go to ICU. I am totally abandoned by him post-op.