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Sitting down is my least favourite thing.

Hello fellow spine health people.
I am new here so not sure of protocol etc. But i thought i would reach out.
I am wondering if anyone else experiences escalating neck, trap, shoulder and upper back pain almost immediately after sitting down?
I had an ACDF in september last year at C6C7  and though i have come a long way i do need to be able to sit down. I have seen all manner of specialists etc. and no one seems to have a clue.


  • DebbieMDebbieM IllinoisPosts: 6
    Yeeeeessssss! I have also always had trouble sitting and driving! I cannot do either for more than 15-30 mins without considerable discomfort in all of the same areas that you have mentioned. Unfortunately I have had 3 separate cervical fusions in the last 5 years and still do not have relief. Wish I could help you but I am still waiting for a good diagnosis as well. I have been to 3 separate surgeons as well as a few other types of doctors and still do not have any answers. I currently cannot work (dental hygienist) and I hate it! I have always been quite active and feel imprisoned in my home ( not very good company most of the time).
    if I ever get that miracle diagnosis I will be sure to let you know!
  • hello, boolord!

    same boat here, only my sitting problems come from lumbar issues rather than cervical spine problems.  sometimes, i wish i had a detachable tailbone that i could just leave at home when i had to go for long car rides!!

    i'd like to welcome you to spine-health!  outside of the basic forum guidelines/rules, there really isn't a "protocol" for posting--you did just fine!  please click on the following link for some helpful information to get you started!!
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    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
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  • Jm.ouchbegoneJJm.ouchbegone Cincinnati, OhioPosts: 15
    Hello, Boolord! I had that problem prior to surgeries. The worst was before c5-6 acdf.  Now I'm fused C3-7, so any position held for too long hurts!!  Don't give up on seeking answers!
  • Thankyou for your comments/replies. Sometimes i feel quite isolated by this "neck thing". I am glad that there are others who can understand.
    I think for me one of the hardest things is going out in social situations, and not being able to get comfortable; makes me feel 'separated'. People cannot see the pain i feel.
    I have tried extensive physiotherapy, acupuncture, remedial massage.
    I have seen a neurosurgeon, an orthopaedic surgeon and a neurologist.
    I have been on lyrica, gabapentin, diazapam, numerous NSAIDS, and targin.
    I am currently taking baclofen, lexapro and meloxacam.
    I have had facet joint injections and two epidurals. Not sure if these medications are doing much.
    I swim 5 days a week and i walk every day.
    Some days are better than others.
    If i find the answer i will let you know ☺
    Thanks again for taking the time.
  • I am now trying to ascertain whether the issue is now actually my thoracic spine.
    I have scheuermann's (which i didn't know until last year), so i wonder if that also plays a role in my current misery.
    I had facet joint and epidural cervical injections which while quite successful, seem to to have exposed my thoracic spine as the potential culprit.
    My physiotherapist thinks it is in the T2T3 area.
    I just had another MRI and according to that my fusion is solid, and there doesn't seem to be any further issue in the Cervical region.
    I am off to my GP tomorrow to discuss this with him and see whether there is any diagnostics that can be done.

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