I have been reading here for a while but have not really posted. I am 12 weeks post-op from a level 2 ACDF and have a couple of questions. I sure hope someone can help because this is driving me crazy!
My first question concerns muscle spasms. I have a severe muscle spasm on the right side of my neck in the trapezius muscle. Most of the time the muscle is so tight if I bend my head forward it looks like a cord in my neck. I also have a knot where the most severe pain is located. I'm in physical therapy and wearing a TENS unit but it does not seem to be getting any better. I also do stretching exercises at home and at the office. It seems to be tight 95% of the time. Does anyone know how long it takes for this to get better? I have been going to the PT for about 5 weeks and I really cannot tell any change in the pain.
Also, can the muscle spasm pull on your esophagus? I have read a lot of your posts concerning pressure in the throat. Mine went away about a week and a half after surgery but once the muscle problems started the pressure in my throat came back. I can eat fine but feel like I'm about to choke just sitting here at the computer.
I guess I'm just frustrated because I actually thought I would be over the surgery by now. I have no pain where my discs were removed. It all seems to be muscle related.
I sure appreciate any comments and advice from all of you.