I stated in a previous chain of the good news I received on Friday, January 22nd about my C5-C7 finally fusing. Surgery was 8/31/09. I was told by my NS that my Trapezius muscles are my main culprit for continuation of pain. So I am taking Soma 350mg and it seems to help a little. I started excercising again this Saturday and today. I will say that getting on the eliptical, doing a little bit of weights and stretching certainly makes the neck feel a little better even if temporary. I will be getting back into PT very soon as well.
So my pain is the sides of my neck hurt up to the base of my skull. It feels like a general tightness/burning pain. There are times when my head gets a little harder to turn as if there is a rubber band resisting me. Also the base of my neck aches, burns, out to my shoulders and I have tightness down to my mid-back. Pain pattern my NS states follows the entire trap muscles on both sides. This goes away to a large degree when I am exercising or when I am fully in a relaxed state, but I cannot get it to stop when I am trying to do day to day things.
I welcome comments.