Re: Hi!New here almost 7 wks post-op ACDF C5-C6
I had ACDF C5-C7 on Jan. 10th, which sounds like right when you had yours. My spasms are a nightmare. For the last 5 yrs, all i keep hearing from the professionals is "God, you are sooooooooooooo tight". Gee thanks. Now fix it!!!!!!! I started P.T. last Friday (for the 10th time in 5 yrs). I went to my 2nd post op and they said I was so tight, I really needed the P.T. So I drive REALLY far (20 miles each way) for this P.T. The main focus, this time, will be trying to get me out of spasm. I am so stuck in it, its seriously out of control. I am doing something called IMS (IntraMuscular Stimulation) 1 X per week, there. That is when they take acupuncture needles and stick the needle into the spastic muscle (aka trigger point) and kind of wiggle it around until the muscle grabs at the needle. (like a charley horse). When its a really bad muscle (my TRAPS!), the grabbing can last as long as a min. The principle behind this, is that the muscle works so hard, that it has to release/relax when its done. That's a simplifed explanation from a layperson. YOu have to be specially certified to do this procedure. I had this a couple of yrs. ago , but my neck was such a wreck (pre-surgery) that nothing was goi8ng to help the muscles that were guarding the neck. Hopefully it will help this time. I will not lie; it is very painful. (when the muscle grips). Its like the muscles is protesting. But if it helps, I dont care. I am also getting ultrasound, elec. stim, hands on work and some gentle stretching exercises. And I do mean gentle.
This spasm is the BANE of my existence. I notice the computer makes it so much worse, too.