I started PT on my neck 4 weeks after surgery. I really was feeling pretty good and have been able to cut down on pain meds. I was evaluated and had my first treatment on Wednesday.. I thought it was rather intensive for being only 4 weeks post op but did everything they asked. I had some mild discomfort but thought that was to be expected. About 5 hours after PT,I was in severe pain.The pain was worse than the preop pain I had. Both of my arms were killing me like someone was stabbing me with an ice pick. I also had severe shoulder pain. I cried all night and got little relief with vicodin every 3 hours. I am taking meds around the clock again.
I understand that rehab is not easy but how can I heal if I'm in worse pain now with therapy.Prior to my surgery I learned what not to do that would increase my pain and keep me up all night. I just avoided activities that caused pain.So does this mean I should avoid PT? I can't imagine inducing pain on myself that causes me to be incapable of doing anything. I did call my NS and his nurse told me to take valium everyday and to tell PT to go easy on me.
Work is also bugging me to come back light duty which i am willing to do,but who can work when your on valium and vicodin?
I am really frustrated about this. Today my 12 year old found me crying from pain and he was very upset. When my husband asked him what he wanted for Christmas,he said "All I want is for mom not to be in pain." I just didn't want him to see me like this.
Any advice on physical therapy? I want to cooperate and do whatever it takes to get better . I have another appt on Monday and i am very afraid to go. You think I should ask to wait a little longer?
I appreciate your thoughts on this subject.