I had ACDF c5-c6 three weeks ago. I am feeling better and slowly getting more mobile. The pain prior to the surgery is gone. However, I still have this nagging shoulder blade and neck pain that comes and goes. The percoset helps but don't want to get hooked. Somtime, the pain on the left shoulder makes me want to think it's the pain prior to the surgery and I get anxious. Anyone knows how long will that pain last? The doc think it will take 4-6 week to go away. I find as some had nicelly suggested, warm compress helps. Also, my doc told me that 4 weeks should be ok to go back to work. I told my job that I will be back then. They would have give me more time. Now I feel that i need a few weeks more. Don't know how to approach them for the extra weeks. Any suggestions? My commute is ~ 2 1/2 driving, NYC traffic - I am concerned that if I go back early, I may have a setback. Thanks everyone for your support and feel free to PM me.