I had fusion on C 4/5 9 weeks ago. My recovery is going quite slow. This was my 3rd cervical fusion, after the first 2 I was back to work in 6 to 8 weeks. At this point I am only about 50% better. My neck/shoulder are in severe pain every morning, and continue to be painful all day. I still have alot of pain in my arm, and my thumb/index fingertips are still numb. These are not new symptoms so I don't think there is something "new" going on. I am worried about permanent nerve damage though. I felt MUCH better than this after my 1st 2 fusions. This time the herniation was deforming my spinal cord but I had surgery within 4 months of the onset. Can damage happen that quickly? I already have permanent nerve damage that effects my R foot, I'd be very upset to find out I also have permanent damage in my neck. Help!?! Am I just not being patient enough? Will I take alot longer to heal because my spinal cord was involved? Any replies or info would be appreciated.