I had posterior cervical decompression and fusion of c2c3c4 on Feb 7 for instability and pain was doing good.
All the pain went away at 6 weeks but at 8 weeks it came back( sharp pain) and now it is 10 weeks and I am getting sharp pain shooting up the back of my head once in awhile. Doesn't last long. Muscle on that side of my neck is tighten up when this happens. I take 1 muscle relaxer at night but none in the day time. If it stays like this I can live with it but praying it doesn't get worse.
It seems if I turn my head a certain way or when I sit too long. Also feels like a tightness on the side it comes on.
I had instability from arthritis and have been off of celebrex 13 weeks.
Maybe when I get back on celebrex it will go away. I know before surgery they said the sharp pain was from arthritis. I think stress causes me to tighten my neck up.
One Tylenol #3 will take it away.
Also I never wore a collar....just when I went to the store. My doctor doesn't use collars.
I see the NS for the first time since surgery on April 28th so will see what he has to say.
...Hope this gets better. I have to have a xray before the appointment. ...... MRI. I don't know with screws in our neck if I can have one. ?. Just wondering.
Please what do you think? Don't sugar coat it... Without celebrex my whole body is in pain. Pain the fusion has started and maybe I can get on celebrex again. Forgot to say c5c6c7 all has arthritis too...thanks jinky