I am currently 6 weeks post op from my surgery. I had a c6/c7 fusion (c6 was completely shattered) with plates and screws as well as work done on the T1 and T2 as a result of a roll over car accident. I had a very long surgery of just under 8hrs. I feel myself getting better and for the most part I am. I have a follow up this week to get the collar removed as well as xrays to check the progress. The main issue I am experiencing right now is muscle spasms and sharp right should blade pain on occasion which appears when walking around for longer than 10 min or so. The muscle spasms appear anytime I walk or move around for more than 5/10 min, I can only tolerate it for so long then I have to sit down for support on the couch. The sharp pain in the shoulder blade at times I feel like I am going to drop at my knees yet I have the strength to stay standing. If I stop walking or reposition myself the sharp pain goes away. Is this normal???
I am currently taking Celebrex and I have pain meds but I haven't been taking since my 3 week post op. I am going to ask for muscle relaxers at my follow up.
I have been out of work but I'm guessing I will be given the ok soon to return however I am concerned due to the spasing and sharp pain. I have very little range of motion in my neck therefore I can't drive at the moment. I can turn my head to the right a little, if I am looking straight ahead I can turn alittle less than half to my shoulder (if that makes sense). Is that enough to be cleared to drive? I am suppose to start PT 2 to 3 times a week for 1 to 2 months once I go to my apt this week.