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Complications: Tendon muscles twisted during surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I'm not sure where to post this, but I haven't found this anywhere on the internet and I was wondering if this happened to anyone else. After my 3rd neck surgery (First 2 ACDF, last one posterior decompression) I was in excruciating pain. When it didn't improve my Dr. said I must have twisted muscles or tendons from the surgery and he gave my steriods, first orally then injections. After a month, whatever it was popped back into place. Anyway, since I have pain, spasms, trigger points etc. (all myofascial). Botox trigger point injections and active release massage (PT) are helping some but I was wondering if this has happened to anyone else and how you are doing. It's been almost a year since my surgery. Has anyone found anything else that helps? I am also on pain meds and amitriptylin, but that's it. I do a lot of stretching exercises and walking as directed by PTherapist which also helps.


  • wow 3 neck surgeries, u shouldget a medal. i dont know about muscle or tendon issues from surgery but they do push and pull on alot during the surgery. i am glad u found something that helps with easing the pain. my ns told me that i have a lot of scare tissue that causes pain along with artritis. i wish u luck and hope u are done with surgeries.
  • Thank you for posting this blog. I have what my doctor has called a twisted tendon in my neck for around 2 years now.

    I got it from having my head unsupported while sleeping in my partner's arms (can u believe!!) and my symptoms are - the next morning I couldn't move because of my neck pain and I was basically immobile for a few of days, and then a neck brace!! And ever since then my neck violently spasms just as I am falling asleep (when my neck starts to relax).

    It is the biggest pain both physically & mentally. I am very worried about how it is going to progress into the future. Especially since the spasms are so violent.

    My doctor said he can do nothing for me - maybe he believed it would sort itself out.

    Thank you for your post, I can now print it out and take it to my doctor and he may take into consideration some treatments that you have had.

    Once again, thank you.
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  • Welcome to Spine health Chrissy! I am sorry about all your pain, let's hope your doctor will respond to your plea.

    Good luck,

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