I was in a car wreck three years ago -- ruptured C5-C6. Tried every alternative treatment. Finally decided to have surgery. I got two opinions and both neurosurgeons agreed...
My surgeon removed the broken disk, put in a bone graph and then two screws and a plate. He told me I would be pain free in 6-12 days but the bone graph would take up to 6 months to heal and "I would feel so good that I would have to carefully watch my activities."
I am going on 6 weeks post-op and am in worst pain now than before my surgery. I have had one set of Xrays done and the surgeon said the graph looks "Great." I am between appointments now and have called again and again telling them how much pain I am in. I am in class from 8am-12pm everyday and have to lay down in class or sit on a butt donut. I can't sit or stand or use my arms at all without extreme pain. I am on 200mg Tramadol, 75mg Lyrica and muscle relaxer 3x a day. I come home from school and literally lay on my back all afternoon on the heating pad. I'm miserable.
My doctor keeps telling me "these are just muscle spasms and are totally normal after surgery." I DONT GET IT. This is the EXACT same pain I had before surgery only this is WAY WORSE. If it is "muscle spasms" why did they do surgery on my spine in the first place!!!!?!?
If these are muscle spasms do you all have recommendations? I literally will try anything. I can't work and don't qualify for unemployment or disability.