Mary, I have been thinking about
your situation. In spite of your lack of post op care, you seem to have done ok. I have to admit, no one has ever posted here about
having such a surgery without the normal care afterwards. Generally the 6 month post op time frame is when people can see they are turning the corner. By now you should have been through physical therapy which is a huge benefit. You have definitely missed some steps so this will be somewhat of a hindrance for you.
Things to discuss with the dr; get an xray of your neck to check things out, ask for a muscle relaxer, don't bank on getting Diazepam but let them know it has helped, if you cannot get that perhaps ask for Zannaflex, I can't remember the generic name for it, Flexeril is a favorite with drs but it makes people groggy & I prefer not to feel like that. Discuss every symptoms you have listed here. In fact make a list since you may forget something. Also, discuss being sent to a physical therapist so you can be shown some gentle exercises to do at home. If you can manage 1-2 trips to one so you can be shown how to do things right it is worth doing. I realize you have distance to drive.
Have you tried any moist heat on the tight muscles? Moist heat is much better than dry heat. I usually wet a hand towel & nuke it in the microwave but you have to be careful they get hot. Alternate cold/hot. With heat no more than 20 minutes at a time.
Just some food for thought.
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Post Edited (straydog) : 12/8/2017 8:51:47 PM (GMT-7)