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Post ACDF muscle spasms

Lili_InuLLili_Inu Posts: 633
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:52 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi folks! Just a quick question from those of you who had ACDF. I'm almost 11 weeks post-op and will not be starting PT until my NS says it's okay on my next appointment on May 23. In the meantime, muscles spasms are terrible. I was wondering how long did it take before the muscle spasms went away? I understand that it could take months, but did PT help considerably? Very frustrated because the muscles are so weak that I'm very limited with what I can and can't do. My 64lb daughter sat on my lap at school during a school event and I was adjusting her and I really paid dearly for that! ~X(
2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
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  • Mine lasted quite some time but as soon as I mentioned them to the nurse on my first office visit a week after my surgery, they prescribed Skelaxin and that helped a lot. I was on that medication for six months or more if I remember correctly. My ACDF surgery was over 3 years ago and I've had another surgery since then so I can't exactly remember!

    Are you using a muscle relaxer? I definitely think there is a benefit to having one if you aren't and I liked the Skelaxin because it did not make me drowsy at all.

    Good luck.
  • I was on Flexeril and then my NS told me to stop because in his mind they don't work. After slowly weaning myself off, I think I agree with him on that. Just not sure if I should start giving myself trigger point therapy again. I was doing that prior to surgery and it helped me get through some days.
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
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  • You are still pretty early on as far as recovery is concerned. I am just about at 5 months and still get muscle spasms. I did find relief with Flexeril, but only use them sporadically. I was having a terrible time with spasms, knots in my shoulder and shoulder blade region. I now have a Tens Unit which helps. I have been going to PT for a while and that is also an asset. I am going to try a medical massage next week and see if that helps. Good luck :)

    *************************************** **********
    12/9/2010 ACDF C5-6 C6-7 with plate, screws,
    BMP & bone fragment filled cages
    2/14/2011 trying to go back to work as a teacher
    2/17/2011 starting PT
    wearing bone stimulator 4 hours a day
    DDD, arthritis, herniated disks, pinched nerves
    3 months saw a little bit of bone growth (YEAH)
    4/15/2011 Home Tens Unit

    Dealt with the pain and issues for more than 5 years
    tried PT, chiropractic, acupuncture, cervical epidural shots and selective nerve root blocks prior to surgery
  • I had spasms for up to a year post op, but the worst of it was the first 6 months or so. My NS wasn't big on muscle relaxers, so I only had them for like the first 2 months. It's been a while, so I don't recall what I was on, but was told they were 'muscle relaxers' to help with the spasms.

    I think it all boils down to how affected your nerves were, and their rate of healing? Plus your spine has changed, and as such your body has to adjust to the new loading, dynamics and affects to the rest of your spine. So, the spine, your muscles, nerves ..all that has to find a new harmony as you heal.

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Hi ladies! Thanks for your input! I'm going to get regular massages to help with knots in the meantime. I just ordered a TENS unit online and hope it helps.

    Recovery is so different for everyone. I also just injured myself on Tuesday trying to open a window that was jammed. Not the smartest thing to do! :< Have been experiencing terrible pain in back, neck and left arm (the side of symptoms). Trying desperately to rest, ice and rest some more. Oh well, it's been tough accepting that I'm temporarily disabled. :S
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
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  • Lili,

    Just be glad you can stay in the 'temporarily disabled' category. I'm in the permanent and getting worse, but okay with it as I am still me. :)

    I have a dual TENS/EMS unit. I have a stand alone TENS as well, and love them. They both cost about the same, and like you, I got them off the Internet. If you do a Google search, you can also find PDF files that show the proper placement of the pads for best results, and of course the 'dos and don'ts' if you know what I mean. I hope you're feeling better soon.

    And don't forget, if it get reals concerning, your doctor is paid the big bucks for a reason, give him a ring! :)

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I was lucky since mine was totally covered by the durable medical equipment part of my insurance policy. Check to see if that is a possibility before purchasing one out of pocket. they also send me the pads monthly.
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    ACDF C5-6 C6-7 12/9/2010
  • I'm using the word "temporary" because I am hopeful that the surgery worked and not too much damage has been done. ;) Only time will tell!

    I have at home an electro-acupuncture device that has an attachment that's similar to a TENS unit with pads. I started to use it for the first time since I bought it and was amazed at how powerful and affective it was for my pain and spasms. That's why I did some research and found an inexpensive one that had great reviews. Hopefully it does work as well as the more expensive ones.

    I am finally feeling better and will call my NS again tomorrow to see what he has to say.
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
  • Lili,

    Temporary can be a wonderful word! I too hope all went well, and your nerves will once again do as advertised! :)

    As to your acupuncture unit, please let us know how that works out over the coming weeks. It sounds like something I might want to add to my pain fighting arsenal! Thanks in advance.

    I'll send you positive energy for a continuing and improving recovery!! *HUG*

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Hi Brenda,

    The acupuncture pen that I got a while back was recommended by a trigger point specialist I was seeing at the time. He said that he brought a nerve back to life for a patient that the neurologist said would never function again.

    I guess my post was unclear, but I didn't get too much relief from the "pen" component. That's why I tried to use the attachment with the pads. I believe it functions just like a TENS unit. So far, what's really worked best is my Theracane. I'm starting to develop nasty trigger points again from this last muscle injury.

    Still waiting to get a call back from my NS. How long does a muscular injury from overdoing it last after ACDF?

    Lili
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
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