Hi - I am new to this site. I had a 3 level acdf procedure on dec 10 215. 4/5 5/6 6/7. I am having some pretty significant muscle soreness and stiffness in my shoulders. 1 month out is that normal?
I have not used a collar as the dr isn't a fan. I have been walking every day and try to move as much as I can.
My first follow up appointment wa two weeks ago and the surgeon said it was normal. I guess I didn't expect this type of difficulty but perhaps I was just naive. The Soma I am taking helps but figured I would be off the pain meds by now.
I knew the full healing would take months for strength stability etc to come back but this stiffness and soreness has me worried.
Is this the new normal or am I just impatient?
My nuerosurgeon was great .
Anyone else have insight as to recovery timeline for a 3 level procedure?
Thanks in advance the all.