This is my first post to this forum, although I have been reading posts since my surgery on July 14, 2014.
I had a 2 level, C5 - C7 laminectomy with fusion. I am 63 and otherwise healthy and active. I was sent home
in a hard J collar that I wore 24-7 for 2 weeks, then weaned off wearing it at home. I did continue to wear it when sleeping for another 2 weeks, although I was told I didn't need to. I think it had become a security issue. I have never had surgery before
this and was over anxious. At this point I was nearly pain free.
2 weeks ago I stopped wearing the collar for sleep and have begun having intense right side pain at the base of my skull, that radiates to my right shoulder. I am thinking it's probably from weakened muscles from staying in the collar at night longer than I should have. Ice seems to help more than heat.
On days that I have felt close to normal, with minimal pain, I have tried to go about normal activities. I went to a beach concert last weekend that involved walking in sand, turning to talk to friends, etc. the next 2 days I had greatly increased pain and was exhausted. I walk every day and am in reasonable shape for my age. Is it normal to "pay" like that for an activity that is a bit more strenuous than I've done since surgery? I do still wear the collar outside the house.
I'll see my surgeon in 1 week. I am hoping I can start PT, as I feel like my neck is so stiff it's almost frozen. I was given Soma, but it causes such sleepiness and nausea, I've stopped it.
Any advice or experiences would be greatly appreciated!