It has been 2 month since my 2-level ACDF surgery. While I'm generally recovering well, I find myself in situations which keep me worried about a setback or, worse, new cervical disk damage.
About 8 weeks after surgery my 10 year old niece jumped up and "hung"' herself on my shoulders while playing. I felt my muscles stretch to the limits and was immediately sore, but I maintained good posture, didn't bend or jerk my neck.
Since the incident I continue to experience sore upper and mid trapezius muscles with a nagging pain on my left side between spine and a shoulder blade. I tried taking 5mg flexiril and a 10mg oxy to no effect, so I decided to tolerate the pain until it resolves.
My question is - could my niece's weight pressing on my shoulders cause any damage to the fusion site an/or the disks?
Even though I was technically not "lifting" her, it would seem that the muscles engaged and general mechanics would have a very similar effect on the neck? Maybe even more prominent?
Sigh... I'm worried this pain won't go away!
Thank you for listening, would love to hear your thoughts.