I posted this in another thread but I would like more people to see this as a "heads up."
I had an acdf with instrumentation C4-7 on Sept. 28. All went well the first 5 weeks post op. Got off pain mess before 3 weeks, x-rays were perfect, barely any pain, good ROM and strength and I started PT. Then a freak incident happened and I am in the worst pain I have every felt! I am hoping it will resolve itself with icing (feels better than heat), PT including massage by my PT, tramadol (I hate oxycodone) and flexeril. I am also planning on walking a lot.
My hubby and I were walking the dogs and joking about something and without thinking, my hubby playfully and lightly body checked me on my left side. I must have had my arm slightly bent and elevated and he bumped me at the elbow, sending a bolt of pain up my arm and into my shoulder and into the left side of my neck. It was a complete accident but perhaps avoidable had I been aware and educated. Laura posted about riding in a car and having to stop fast, which jolted her. Her experience encouraged me to always wear my soft collar when riding in a car. Two days after this jolt of mine I am in horrible pain. Sleeping is the worst unless I can stay in one position all night. Rolling to my side or back is agony.
My PT told me my muscles are spasming because it came to the defense of this jolt to my neck and was trying to protect it. She can feel the knot when she massages my neck. The holidays are upon us now. Malls and stores get crowded and there are lots of people around us who can bump into us in just the wrong way, accidentally. Since Laura's post I realize how fragile we may be until the real healing has taken place....months or years down the line!
Be careful out there, friends.