I agree with PaLady...that the first appt. with PT is always the hardest and most painful...so continuing forward, I would suggest like others, to take your pain medicine before you do the PT...As long as they are teaching you and you do the movements correctly..you shouldn't cause yourself any harm...And just like I do exercise and yoga each day...it can make me a bit sore, but it's so helpful to stay strengthened and my muscles from getting tight..
I think that when we live with chronic pain, we can tend to get into the habit of not wanting even the slightest bit of 'extra' pain added or only relying on our medication to help with our pain.....but with PT, as well as a good exercise program going forward..it's ok to be 'sore'....just not in extreme pain
Those of us with bad necks/backs, it is crucial to keep our strength up, our core muscles strong, and keep as flexible as possible to prevent other parts of our body shutting down...just like with eating well and taking care of ourselves emotionally, it's all part of doing everything in our power to help our pain levels each day..
So, along with your medicine, I hope that the you continue with the PT, maybe add some aqua therapy (which is fun:), massage, acupuncture, etc...it all works together to lessen our pain..
SB and "the pup who snores loudly"
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha"))
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006