This is my first time on this site. I had a ACDF C5-C6 on 4-16-09. I did not get a plate and my surgeon used alograft. Before surgery I has scapula pain, neck pain, left arm pain and pain in my left thumb. At first after surgery the nerve pain seemed better. Pretty much gone. I have had spasms in my upper back and neck since the surgery. I'm told it is caused by the neck collar and not being able to move my neck. I wear the collar most of the time. My surgeon did say I could sleep without it but I have only done that in the last few nights. It did not feel comfortable at first to be without it. The pain is unbearable at times and it has come back in my arm and thumb. I take 3-4 percocet a day and 4 soma. I wear a ten unit to help with the spasms. I just did not expect to have this much pain this far out from my surgery. I am unsure if it is common after this type of surgery. Just would like feed back if anyone else has experienced alot of pain after surgery and for how long.