My surgery seemed to have resolved some of the pain I had, but some of the pain has stayed. I had an ACDF at C5/6 in February this year and I really listened to the NS and rested a lot and focused on recovery. I was practically pain free at the 2 month mark, but once I started to get back into life, I realized that some of the pain came back and the muscles that are spasming the most are the levator scapula and the semispinalis capitas - causing headaches, dizziness and nausea. My traps are actually doing pretty good. My left shoulder is always cracking when I move it. I'm starting to think that I have a shoulder problem that was disguised by the C5/6 issues. :? I do not regret having surgery because the headaches have been much better.
Does anyone else have same muscles that spasm? How do I know if this is a shoulder issue versus a recovery issue from my surgery? According to my NS, this is not part of the recovery and they think I have an alignment issue. I think I have a short leg discrepancy problem on top of all this. Any insight is much appreciated!
2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches