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Chronic neck pain after anterior cervical fusion

I am one year post-op from anterior cervical fusion surgery. My fusion covered discs c5-c7. I have constant painful muscle spasms in my neck, face, shoulder area and severe headaches. My surgeon keeps insisting this will go away, and that this is only occurring because my body is accustomed to being in pain. I have tried cervical epidural injections, trigger point injections, physical therapy, and an assortment of narcotic pain medications used long with muscle relaxers. I have been prescribed Percocet, vicodin, flexeril, robaxin, diazepam, skelaxin...etc!! None of these therapies have worked. Has anyone else had a similar experience? If so, do you have any suggestions for pain relief?


  • I'm sorry to hear about your pain. I too had the operation almost two years ago; on April 19th 2011 and I continue to have the same symptoms. I have the injections which are hit or miss with the amount of relief and the pain meds don't do much to relieve the pain. I wish I knew what would work.
  • Join the club for I had my operation in September 2010 and am still getting severe neck pain! I have had injections done through the sides of the neck, massage and extensive physio but nothing seems to help. I live in UK and I am now being sent to a hospital in London for a Spect CT Scan to see if they can find out what is causing the problem. They have tried me with all sorts of pain meds but they don't do much for relieving the constant pain. Sleeping is awful and in the morning I feel dreadful. I have been to see a Sports Physio but he couldn't do anything for me so I hope this Scan I get on 19th April 2013 finds the answer. Wish I had never had the operation!
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  • Hello! I am 2 years post-op ACDF c6-7. The first year was really rough! I did more trigger point injections than I can count. Once your fusion is solid ask your surgeon if myofascial and deep tissue massage is permitted. I would recommend a Physical Therapist who does massage therapy rather than a random massage person. Also, I have found boatloads of relief from a chiro that I would have NEVER have used before. Be patient as it takes a long time. I know that it gets old.

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