Severe pain after cervical fusion c5/c6
Aug of 2009 I suffered a large herniated disk - After conservative treatment I chose to get a anterior cervical fusion c5/6 with plate on Feb1st 2011. Before surgery I had right side neck pain -Upper back pain and right shoulder and upper right arm pain and on average the pain level was about a 5.
Immediately after surgery and up to today Feb 21st, I am experiencing severe neck pain on both sides pain level without meds a 9 - Right shoulder right arm pain about a 6 when arm is extended and when reaching across my body - Upper back pain gets really bad about an 8 at times.
My first post op was Feb 18th and the doctor seemed to have an answer for everything saying that everything was normal and I'm where I should be in the recovery process then at the end of are meeting he tells me I'm behind in progress. FYI, I didn't wear a neck collar for recovery. My doctor prescribed PT which really aggrivates the conditions. My doctor believes its all muscle spasms. I know nobody can answer with certainy, but has anyone experienced or known anyone that has had similar conditions after surgery and was it muscle related spasms or me having the large herniation for over a year before surgery is it possible that I have nerve damage? Everything that I'm experiencing is pain , no numbness that I can tell nor really any weakeness. I have to hold my head down just enough otherwise I really start causing a lot of pain if the head is looking straigh ahead or down too much. Any thoughts on what TYPICALLY causes the conditions I'm having.
Thanks for reading.