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muscle pain in upper body after APCS

victoriakx65vvictoriakx65 Posts: 4
edited 07/22/2015 - 9:29 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am 8 weeks post op from anterior posterior cervical fusion C-3 thru C-7 and surgeon used my own bone from hip. My upper body muscles hurt from doing next to nothing. I do have to care for myself , therefore, I do have small chores to do daily. By the end of the day, my muscles are killing me and then I feel so fatigued. Is this normal? Has anyone else experienced this?


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  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 606
    It is very common to experience muscle pain after that surgery. Are you taking any muscle relaxers? Maybe you can call your doctor to tell him about the muscle pain?
    Do you have a Tens Unit? I find using my tens unit helps a little when my muscles act up.
    Just make sure you are following your doctors restrictions. You don't want to mess anything up. Give yourself rests in between your chores. You had a major surgery, and it's going to take time to heal & recover. You will have good days & you will have bad days. Take it easy especially on the bad days.
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  • My surgeon prescribed me Valium for my muscles, it did work, but I was wanting to sleep day/night. I have not received a Tens Unit. I would love to try one! I don't see my NS until mid August, which will put me a little short of 3 month's post op. I am taking Norco 10-325 approx 4 per day. I thought I would've been off of pain pills approx 4 weeks post op. Haha, I was a little naive. Some days, 2 are enough , yet other days, I need 4 per day. Can anyone give me a general idea when the muscle aches, pains, weakness subsides? I don't drink, smoke, I eat healthy, and I was a very physically active person all of my life. But this post op is kicking my butt! Thank you for everyone listening and sharing.
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