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Post op posterior neck tightness

AbbyAAbby Posts: 8
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

I am 17 weeks post op from a 360 4 level fusion w/plate in front. I suppose everything went well but the tightness in the neck and shoulder muscles are driving me crazy. Does it get better or do I have to live with it for the rest of my life like this? I wish I wouldn't of done the surgery. I am having a real hard time accepting the feelings.


  • I am 3 months post surgery and I still have the stiffness and acheing in the back of my neck and shoulders. My doctor, who I saw on June 10th, said this is normal. So I guess all of us will have to hang in there.Surely it will get better!!

  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 1,033
    Hi Abby,
    I am almost 22 months post-op of a 360 acdf, discectomy, corpectomy, with a strut, cage, plates, rods, & screws. Your neck will feel very different for a while. You will have some strange new feelings that will come and go. It takes a long time to heal from this type of surgery so patience is the key. We all are different in our symptoms and the rate at which we heal. I hope down the road you find that the surgery outweighed the risks of not having it done.
    I am certain with time I will need to undergo more spinal fusions due to my health issues but I will never second guess my decisions. I enjoy my independence and maintaining an active lifestyle, the other option does not work for me. Granted I am a different person that will never be able to go back to the way I was but I look around and it could be a lot worse. I wish the best of luck to you Abby, take care, and keep us posted on your journey.
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  • I had several level fusion done and yes it will get better.If you want to feel better quicker go swimming and get the water up to your chin and move your neck under the water. The pain and discomfort goes away under the water and its safer. Be very gentle with your neck, just back and forth and up and down. Once you get out alternate heat and cold and see how that feels. It helps me all summer long.
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
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