I had a posterior foraminotomy 2 weeks ago. I knew it was going to be painful recovery but ouch! I have gotten pain releif from my left side radiating pain but now I have extreme muscle pain in my right shoulder and neck. Why would I have so much pain on the right when he relocated the pinched nerve on the left? He told me at my post op. check that Iwould have to add a week or two to my recovery since he had to increase the size of my incision to get to the nerve due to my congenital fusion. That will make recovery 4-6 wks. Whenever I bend at the waist or reach I feel a painful pulling sensation. He said I could gradually increase my activity level and didn't give me specific instructions of what that means. Yesterday I showered, when to lunch and the store. I didn't drive or lift anything. By the time I got home pain was at 10+. Does anyone got to P.T. this soon? I am afrad if I don't stretch this area it is going to become very tight? I am thankful for all the info. spine health has given during this bump in the road.
Severe DDD. Klippel Feil Deformity. Cervical Foraminatomy that turned into Lamy. I have tried so many treatments, therapy's and medications.