I had ACDF surgery in April 2009 and I am still on vicodin and muscle relaxers daily. The surgery itself was a success, but how much longer am I going to be medicated? I alternate ice and heat each and every day for relief and I work at a computer 8 hours a day... I am month-to-month on FMLA, but my job is such that I NEED to be on the keyboard. (doctors orders say 20 minute break every hour). I over-do it and then I find myself in bed all day - a vicious pain cycle. They did not prescribe PT for me, only massage therapy. I've been reading posts to these forums for months, but I am finally fed up enough now to scream out to you, my neck and back brethren -- WHEN WILL I STOP HURTING AND GET TO LIVE A NORMAL LIFE AGAIN??