So here's the story. Had my follow-up with NS yesterday at 7 months post-op from an ACDF at C5/6. NS says that I'm completely fused and released me to a physiatrist; my first appointment will be in mid October. He says that the pain I'm still experiencing is muscular and is most likely chronic. The pain is in my left shoulders, neck and upper back into the shoulder blade.
I've tried PT and swimming which seemed to have helped during the summer. Then I did something that set me back about a month. Started PT again and swimming around 2 weeks ago with some improvement. How long did it take with PT before the pain was considerably reduced?
How many of you with the same surgery continue to get pain after the surgeon released you? Did your pain ever really go away or were you able to find a way to manage that pain? I'm going a little crazy not knowing if I will be stuck with this pain forever! :S
2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches