So glad to have found this site. I had a fall in November and suffered a fracture of the c6 vertebrae. Had levels C5-T1 fused, instrumentation, the whole nine yards. I was really lucky. My doctor told me I could easily have ended up on a respirator so I cannot express how grateful I am to be mobile.
I have been going to PT and doing my home exercises. I started back to work part time about a month ago. I am a baker/pastry chef so this is a physical job. My doctor told me to let pain be my guide. What I am concerned about is that I can only work for about 5 hours (and that's pushing it). The muscle pain in my upper back is excruciating. At times my arms are so weak I feel as though I can hardly lift them. What I would like to know is when does the pain subside???? Or does it? I am seeing an acupuncturist next week and continue to exercise but my job is killing me. I love what I do. My boss is great about the hours and pacing myself so that's not an issue but I really wanted to be up to speed by now.
I know it takes time but I'm worried that some atrophy might be happening. Shouldn't I be feeling better the more active I am? It seems like the muscles are not getting stronger. Any advice would be welcome.
Thank you and best wishes to all for recovery!