I am 2 months post ACDF for severe cervical spinal stenosis with myelopathy, and had/have spasticity. I had spasticity prior to surgery, but it wasn't as bad as it is not. Many more muscle spasms, twitches, and tight stiff muscles which make it difficult to walk. While I do not have to use a walker, I am using a walking still to help me get around. Based on my research, spasticity comes from conditions such as MS, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. I am trying to get a better idea of where my spinal cord injury was, however, I believe it was at C6-C7 due to severe compression and possible swelling in my spinal cord.
The majority of my spasticity is on the left side of my body, and of that, it is focused primarily from the waist down to my foot.
Currently, I'm on 15 mg a day of Baclofen, and have been for three weeks now. It is working, however, it tends to make me tired or lethargic during the day. I am in PT two times a week to help with gait adjustment and spasticity treatment.
- What have you found helpful in managing your spasticity besides medication?
- For those of you that have spasticity, how bad does it get?
- Will I eventually end up paralyzed?