Hi Irina, I never had that tight feeling or the spasms. I could be completely wrong, but I thought I'd mention this, just in case it is of some use to someone. When I walk, I walk as fast as I can which means I swing my arms a lot. As I walk, I can feel my muscles in my thoracic area moving and I wonder if this isn't giving them some sort of work out which is preventing the tightness/bear claw feeling?
I'm glad that it's not bothering you, and that you are very happy with your surgery!
I should add, I started kayaking, if I remember correctly, about 8-9 months out from surgery and still kayak occasionally, which is a real workout for the arm, back and shoulder muscles. But I see there are others who suffer the tightness who've tried exercise, with no luck. So it may have nothing to do with it. I've always wondered why I didn't get that tightness, as most patients seem to get it.
Last edited by JenniferG; 12-02-2013 at 02:21 AM.
Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
Osteotomies and Laminectomies
Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free