I am having a a lot of trouble replying to this email(technically) ... actually my husband (68) is the one who has just had cervical surgery (June 7, 2011) and his situation seems somewhat like yours as he is very active. Now, two days after surgery and fusion C 5-6 and C 6-7 the pain down his arm (it did not go too far down his arm) and the pain going into his head are both gone BUT the pain IN HIS MUSCLES across his back, especially in that knob on the back of his neck is excruciating, and getting worse every day. I am wondering if all this pain in his muscles could be torn muscles. He has been doing the Leg Press at 200#, carrying heavy 6' logs out of the woods across his shoulders, rolling huge boulders and putting them into place and tossing logs in to a pick up truck (I was not aware that he was doing half of this!!!) In the winter we move down to the basement and heat with a wood stove, so he mostly sat in his recliner (hunched over) and worked crossword puzzles all day. This is when the pain started to get worse. Finally, the beg of June he decided to take the risk of the surgery. He is taking pain meds but because he has been constipated since before the surgery and still(about 10 days now), he is using suppositories (and everything else!) to no avail. The pain meds do not even seem to help. Also prostate problems and so is NOT drinking that much water, I think, and so is not peeing that much. I take him to the urologist for them to do a scan of his bladder but of course, it is not that full, because he is afraid to drink. I am wondering if this muscle pain is torn muscles but the nurse at the neurosurgeon keeps saying that you will have to wait at least two weeks to go to a physical medicine (sports doctor). I think, under all of this, is a physical injury TO HIS MUSCLES. They are telling us that his muscle pain is from the surgery (ONLY?) because they do have to move a lot around in there and also, you are moved around a lot on the operating table. I don't know what the next step for him should be, except to wait a few more weeks and see if there is ANY improvement, at all. It just seems to be getting worse and worse. He has started trying a heating pad (for just 20 minutes at a time) today.