This week will be 11 weeks since my last neck surgery, I had posterior surgery Dec. 2nd 09, C4-7 with rods and my hip bone graft. I had anterior surgery 12-8-08 with plate, 8 screws and cage. I found out Oct. 09 the plate was loose and I did not fuse. The doctor said I would have a 50% chance that my pain level would not improve even with this surgery.
My question is it too soon to expect my pain level to be better? It is worse than before the surgery, They still have me wearing the hard collar (expect when I sleep)the pain pills help some but I hate the not knowing. Next week I take another x-ray and the doctor will call me on the 26th, they said I may have to wear the collar another 6 weeks after that. It seems like the past 20 months has been a nightmare, I can't believe how quick one's life can change and be unable to do anything about it.
The neck pain is what kills me, the shoulder and mid back pain I get relief with massage twice a week.