Neck popping/adjusting after cervical fusion.
Hi. I had a double fusion on 12/7/10 (c5/6 and c6/7). The surgeon used the shaved bone from my vertebrae to fuse them together, while a using a plate a screws to hold it all together.
It is now 3 months after the surgery. I am having issues with my muscles from my shoulder blades up into my head/face being tight. I also have popping that will occur. The pain is sometimes almost unbearable. for the most part, I think I'm the only one that hears the popping (vibrations). I will attempt to move and stretch to get my pain to stop. Sometime the stretching helps; however when it feels best is right after the popping occurs. Sometimes when my muscles are very tight, it might pop on its on. The sound/feeling radiates around the area of my surgery. It does not hurt when it pops. After popping, I feel the best I have felt in over a year. My neck becomes very loose, and the pains are then less in my shoulder blades. After popping, a side effect is my head will hurt, and runs down into my forehead and jaw. This occurs for a brief time and then goes away; however, it happens almost every time my neck pops. It'll feel better for about 30 minutes and then it will start to tighten up again. It gets so tight that I cannot tilt my head to the left but just a little (like it is frozen at that point). The weird thing is once I pop my neck, I'm able to tilt it.
I have taken Aleve, used Icy Hot, and a heating pad daily..but the cycle continues.
What scares me is the popping. I can push my neck with my hand and it will sometimes fell like it has slid /moved an inch. I know this is not the case, but that is what it feels like because it is such a jolt. Has anyone experience this, and if so, how did the DR. diagnose/treat you.
Thanks to all!