I am 6-7 weeks post-op and just got out of Miami J collar last week. My neck has started to hurt and my shoulders. Pain is about a 6 or 7, seems like the muscles are so weak, and if I turn my head I get pain also. Is this normal after wearing the collar with all the support and then when you take it off, wow, feels like I am a bobblehead. Has anyone else had similar symptoms? I take Valium for the spasms but have gone back to the oxycodone for the pain. Just wondering if this is normal, and awaiting for anyone who has gone through this.
4 Level ACDF
October 15th, 2013