I had a c-3 to c-7 fusion. I am a 30 yr old female. I was in a car accident and waited 3 days to get into emergency surgery. I had my surgery on 1-3-10. They did 2 surgerys. One through the front putting a metal plate in secured by 4 screws. Then 1 through the back putting in 2 rods secured by 3 screws on each side. Then putting in kadaver bones throughout. It was the worst pain I have ever had in my life. The only thing I can compare to it is child birth. My Ns said I was very fortunate to be alive and to not be paralyzed. I was in the hospital for a week. I told myself that I wasn't going to lay there and feel sorry for myself. I was alive. I counted my blessings everyday and still do. I continually sent thoughts of love and in healing in the hospital to my injuries and do to this day as well. I am a big beleiver in positive thinking, mind over matter. I had enrolled to start my 1st year of college going full time before the accident. I was determined to still meet my goal. I kept reassuring myself that I was going to succeed in that. I started school 1-18-10. Fifteen days after my surgery and 11 day after being released from the hospital. I am very greatful that I had my 16 staples removed from my back before I started school. I had very limited range of motion and was in excruciating pain. I was taking two 10mg of percocet every 4 hrs, muscle relaxers, and three 800mg motrin 3xs a day. Regardless I was still in continual pain. I stayed with my mom for the first 5 weeks. Now I am back home going on 2 wks. I wouldn't of been able to go home without the help of my 6 year old son. I had already taught him had to do all the househoud chores, before the accident. So he is helping me immensely. He has been my biggest motivator. I want to show him that you can do whatever you want in life no matter how hard or impossible it may seem, as long as you beleive in yourself. I now take 7.5 mg of percocet every 4-6 hrs as needed, 800mg of motrin 3xs a day, and muscle relaxers. I still have pain everyday that i struggle with. I have my good days/nights and my bad days/nights. But, you just have to take one day at a time and focus on what you want the outcome to be and beleive. My deepest prayers and sympathy goes out to all the people who struggle with the physical and emotional pain everday. I wish everyone the very best in your recovery. This is the first time I have gotten online to look up anything on my injury. I have been vey scared to look at what I am facing. I feel better now that I have a place to share my story with other people that are going through the same thing as I am. Lots of Love and Healing to all.