I am not too happy with my progress with this surgery. I had my first 12-8-08 C4-7 front with plate, cage and screws. 9 months later they decided my plate was loose and I never fused and I had my 2nd surgery 12-2-09 (different doctor out of town) this time from the back on neck with rods and bone grafts. I am 7 weeks post and the pain is worse than before my surgery. They told me last week I have to wear the brace for another 6-12 weeks and very limited movement except walking. They said until I fuse I won't know what my permanent pain will be.
This morning I had a go round with my long term disability company getting my claim settled, I think it will be approved now.
I guess I just feel so frustrated due to going from being a healthy 58 year 19 months ago to a 60 year old with pain, limited movement and not knowing what my future will be, being force to SSD and retirement.
This doesn't change what is going with me but writing this does allow me to vent to others like me.