I am 8 weeks post ACDF of C6 C7, and I started back to work and am finding it impossible to do my job effectively. I work at a computer for 8 to 10 hours a day and I can't seem to make it thru 2.5 hours without severe pain and weakness in the neck and down the back and across the shoulder blades. I have had to resort to ice and finally stop working. I am going back to surgeon today. Two days ago I heard and felt a POP just below the back of my neck and have had spasms ever since. Just wondering if others had experienced this or is it just me?
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Without the ability to examine and obtain a history, I can not tell you what the exact cause of the symptoms is. However I will try to provide you with some useful information.
I agree that you should follow up with your surgeon to discuss. You are still in the post-operative phase. It does take time for the body to heal.
Are the symptoms you are experiencing now the same as you had prior to surgery? There is a condition called failed back surgery. This condition usually occurs in patients who do not have clinical or imaging evidence of nerve compression. Or it may be a result of the surgery not removing all of the herniated disc, postoperative inflammation/scarring, surgery at the wrong spinal level, muscle spasm or psychosocial issues. Treatment would include re-operation, chronic pain intervention, rehabilitation, and/or neuropathic medications.
Let us know what the surgeon finds. Thank you for this opportunity to answer your questions, I hope you find the information I have provided useful, good luck.
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