After the surgery in Dec. of last year, I spent the next 6-8 weeks doing nothing. No physical therapy, limited trips outside the house, etc. In follow-up with the neurosurgeon I had 6 weeks of massage therapy on my neck to see if that would help relieve some of the pain. That didn't do much of anything. Latest visit to the neurosurgeon resulted in continuing to do neck massage and vertebrae manipulation. Within the past week this massaging and manipulation has left me in more pain in my right shoulder blade area. More intense pain than I was before the surgery. My neurosurgeon didn't seem too concerned about it because he felt the work he did was fine and should not be causing m any additional pain.
At this point I'll continue with the vertebrae manipulation and massages for another 6 weeks. I'm not sure what my options will be, if any. As for pain medications go, I can only take Suboxen for now and that doesn't seem to have any effect on my pain. Woo Whoo!