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4 weeks posterior cervical fusion, c3/4

I am 4 weeks post posterior cervical fusion of c3/4. What remedies for severe left trapezius pain. Cannot take narcotics or muscle relaxers during the day. Ice helps, but I have to work on computer which HURTS! Suggestions?


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  • jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,373
    edited 11/24/2013 - 11:56 AM

    I had an anterior fusion of C3/4.
    Posterior fusion is generally harder to recover from because the muscles have been cut.

    My surgeon warned me with my surgery that I would have a very sore back of the neck and shoulders after my surgery and that using a computer would make me much worse. He was right! You are likely to have worse problems!

    4 weeks into your recovery is still very early. If the muscles are very tight or in spasm, which is often what causes the pain, then heat may help.

    Can you adjust the position of your computer to work on it without looking down? Some members have found that standing up and having the screen at a level where they can see it without looking down makes it easier. I suggest that you only work on the computer for short periods of time and then take a short walk and possibly do something else before coming back to it.

    I hope you will find something that makes your day less uncomfortable.

  • AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
    edited 11/24/2013 - 2:16 PM
    Although it doesn't take away all the pain, lemongrass oil from a natural health store. You can mix a drop or two with a tsp of the virgin coconut oil in the palm of your hand and rub it in to shoulders neck where ever it hurts, but not too near your scar My knees bother me too so I use some there also. Lemongrass has anti-inflammatory properties and the coconut help with absorbtion, I don't like to be on drugs that make me sleepy during the day.
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    Kept my muscles from tightening up
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