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I have been doing great less the flu from ACDF with own bone and plate. Then this sixth week I got a terrible upper chest muscle spasm and its been relentless. Is this the normal course of events when healing and removing collar?
Any input would be appreciated. Thanks

Nero
[QUOTE=nero]I have been doing great less the flu from ACDF with own bone and plate. Then this sixth week I got a terrible upper chest muscle spasm and its been relentless. Is this the normal course of events when healing and removing collar?
Any input would be appreciated. Thanks

Nero[/QUOTE]
7 weels post op here and lots of spasms in the surgery site area. Goes up the back of skull and settles into a killer headache. Just started P/T (massage only) hoping this will help. Wore Aspen for 4 weeks and soft color for 2 weeks. The least bit of stress sends me into a spasm. Curious as to how many other suffer from spasms at this point. Good luck to you Nero. I feel your pain (literally).
Hey Nero- I am at 8 weeks and going through some mega spasms/pain in the neck. I guess it could be cause it is so cold! :confused:

Take care.
Dylan
Hey Nero, Love your name. Yes it is normal to have some spasm. They may last a long time and yet may disappear as well. After my C6-7 fusion I went thru each and every mucsle in my neck going into spasm individually. Wow, there are alot of muscles in the neck. They started at the incision and worked thier way all the way around my neck over a period of a year. I understand they are caused by many things such as being in a collar for so long, adjusting to the new perminant position they have been put in, and anxiety. I really had to learn to relax and not react to every little thing (minor tingles and pains) as they seemed to trigger the spasms. Now before my last surgery I started getting masive spasms in the back of my neck and shoulders. Its been three years and thier still there. I am taking small doses of Diazipam to keep them at bay. It works well and remember that all those muscles are pretty pissed at being pushed around by the surgery. Anyway, keep up the good work on this board as even I have been inspired by many of your answers to different threads. May the Santa of Pain miss your house this season. Happy Holidays.
Thanks Jodawa50, Dylan, DonnaKay et al for all the responses. I am learning to accept these spasms in the spirit of recovery. The only way one can address this is to compare through the use of this board and to rationalize these symptoms on scale of one's own symptoms to others.

The only other symptom has been this facial flutter under my left eye and in my left facial cheek and it is noticeable based on position of my neck i.e. tilting etc.
It is uncontrollable and is a little intimidating because my mother has acquired this same tic in old age but quite a lot worse than the flutter i have. Hers is apparently based on neck injuries she sustained through falls from her osteo and my chiro told me it is the occipital nerve that is reponsible for this trigger. Her only option is botux injection to restrain the nerve making the flutter to her eye.

Mine is nothing compared to that but clearly something new for me since the operation. I am therefore hopeful it will dissipate with time like these spasms.

I think we all do each other quite a bit of support, emotionally and information wise. I am glad to have many rational, well spoken peers to address my concerns with and at many times it has helped to calm the fears I have internalized (those I cannot display to family and friends). So.... thanks.

Nero





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