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LitlgrnLLitlgrn Posts: 22
edited 06/18/2013 - 1:54 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
. I am 2 years post op of a c4-7 anterior cervical fusion. I recovered well and continued on with my life. I was a drummer in a part time band. Had to give it up because the pain would send me to the er. No more golfing. I am managing to raise my 2 year old son pretty well. I was working as an LPN in a LTC facility and liked my job.
Recently, after helping to life several heavy pt.s, I became very pain filled the next day. 9 pain in both arms with numbness,tingling and back pain too. I have seen my dr. And meds along with PT were prescribed. It's been two weeks and I can sometimes barely make it through each day pain wise.
I have been to several sessions. My progress is very slow. I can't even take care of my adls some days. I sometimes think I am permenantly disabled. My physical life has changed. I have lost so much.
X-rays were negative for hardware damage and yet so much pain and inflammation. I am doing all the right things and am still feeling so low. Workers Comp is in the works and I don't know where this is going. I have been thinking about a less demanding job as a nurse. I would appreciate any stories of people going through similar experiences.

Thank you.



  • Muscles may be the key.
    I keep my chronic neck pain under some control by using these strategies:
    Most of mine is muscular and it's been a problem since childhood. Worst activities are driving, computer use, and overuse of arms.
    Limiting these activities is vital or I pay for it the next day.
    I have regular massage,physio and chiro.
    The biggest breakthrough for me was taking magnesium. A deficiency leads to muscle tightness, among other things, so it's a very important mineral for the body. Lots of info on the web thing.
    From my perspective, muscle health holds the key. Without it, you just can't get better.
    Tends to be overlooked by doctors, as is nutrition.
    You must feed the body properly, and you need a healthy gut to digest it all, so you may look at these aspects too.
    Probiotics are a great start.
    Provide all the ammo for your body to heal itself, which it is very good at doing.
    Rest is also important for muscle stress. Try regular massages too.
    Muscle pains can be triggered from lots of places, but a good masseur will find what's wrong.
    Drug free, too!
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