Hi. I'm a 53 year old woman who never experienced back pain in my life until July of this year. I went from doing yoga and walking several times per week to currently not being able to do much of anything.
I had C5-C7 ACDF on October 10. Prior to surgery I really didn't have back or neck pain, just shooting pain in my left arm and numbness. I also started to loose balance and feel a couple of time. I was told this was due to a swollen spinal cord.
Surgery seemed to go well and the arm and hand numbness lessened. I was told walking and balance would take a while to improve. Started physical therapy 4 weeks after surgery. They are only focusing on my neck. I was told the therapy for balance would come later.
So here I am almost two months post surgery and for the past 10 days or so, I'm experiencing worse pain than ever. Sharp pain is radiating down both arms, neck pain and shoulder pain, and walking seems to be getting worse. PT people don't seem very concerned and I left a message with my surgeons office and haven't heard back. I do have an appointment with them next week.
I've been alternating between hot and cold on my neck and started taking muscle relaxers and pains again. Only took those a few days after I returned home after surgery.
Is this normal progression for people who had cervical spine surgery? Should I just be sitting and not do anything? (I did put up Christmas decoration, which I'm guessing I shouldn't have done.)
Any suggestions/advice would be greatly appreciated.