I am 55 and active. I am on week 12 of ACDF C5-C7. My shoulders/upper back are super tense, and still have nerve pain down left arm. I am scheduled to go back for another 6 weeks PT course. I have been out of my collar since week 10. The surgeon said I need to improve my range of neck motion. I do the exercises (at home) that the first round of PT had me doing. But continue to be tight and have radicular pain... The Surgeon believes that it may be Ulnar Nerve, carpal tunnel or that I waited too long for surgery and have possibly permanent nerve damage.
I trust this surgeon as he performed (July 2019) multi-level/bi-lateral decompression on L3-L5. But he seems irritated that I am feeling similar nerve pain to pre-surgery (Nov 2019). We reviewed xrays and compared the before and after and it shows 4-5mm nerve highway (space for nerve, where there was nothing before). He also was "happy" with what he saw in regards to the Fusion...
Also still waiting for neck pain to subside... using heating pad etc... but Doctor still has me off of NSAIDS as they are detrimental to the fusion process.
Is this normal for Week 12? Am I over thinking? Do I just suck it up, and pray for nerves to settle down. I am on 75 mg Lyrica 2x daily.