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ACDF - pain after heavy pressure on both shoulders - should I worry?

Hello everyone!

It has been 2 month since my 2-level ACDF surgery. While I'm generally recovering well, I find myself in situations which keep me worried about a setback or, worse, new cervical disk damage.

About 8 weeks after surgery my 10 year old niece jumped up and "hung"' herself on my shoulders while playing. I felt my muscles stretch to the limits and was immediately sore, but I maintained good posture, didn't bend or jerk my neck.

Since the incident I continue to experience sore upper and mid trapezius muscles with a nagging pain on my left side between spine and a shoulder blade. I tried taking 5mg flexiril and a 10mg oxy to no effect, so I decided to tolerate the pain until it resolves.

My question is - could my niece's weight pressing on my shoulders cause any damage to the fusion site an/or the disks?

Even though I was technically not "lifting" her, it would seem that the muscles engaged and general mechanics would have a very similar effect on the neck? Maybe even more prominent?

Sigh... I'm worried this pain won't go away!

Thank you for listening, would love to hear your thoughts.


  • sandisandi Posts: 6,269
    edited 09/01/2014 - 4:32 AM
    see your surgeon and let him examine you. Why on earth would your niece think that jumping on your shoulders/ back was a good idea 8 weeks post op??????
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