Pain and stiffness one year after ACDF
I'm a 44-year-old female who had ACDF surgery at C5-6 a year ago for a disc that was compressing my spinal cord. The surgery was a breeze, no pain whatsoever aside from a sore throat. No collar of any sort and restrictions were only no driving for 10 days and no lifting anything more than 20 lbs. to promote healing. In his words "there is nothing you can do to un-do what I did". Doc said he was very pleased with how I was coming along and everything looked great at my two-month appointment and that he wanted to see me after a full course of PT just to make sure all was good (but he didn't think there would be any issues with my recovery). Due to finances I was unable to go to PT and have not yet seen the doc for my final appointment.
I am a year out from my surgery. All has been great, aside from recently. Two weeks ago I noticed a pulling pain in my right shoulder (trapezius) and neck (from the base of the neck past my ear) when I turned my head, along with some stiffness and a slight loss of range of motion on that side. It feels as if something is out of alignment. It got better with heat and Tylenol and rest, along with gentle stretching to keep it mobile. Yesterday I felt loads better...until last night. I woke up at 3 am with an excruciatingly painful spasm in my neck and trapezius. Now, six hours later, it hurts a lot to turn my head and I'm trying as hard as I can to gently loosen it up and get myself mobile again.
Has anyone experienced this? I was thinking of getting an appointment with my chiro for some trigger point therapy and massage, as this feels muscular. He saw me one month post-op and will not adjust me.
Thanks for any insight you can provide.