First 4 months were pretty much pain free. I was completely off pain meds within 1 -2 weeks. Had very little pain post op and only needed pain meds sporadically. Then last month started to have return of some nerve pain and tenderness at c6/7 , not surprising as the staph infection was at this level and half my vertebrae was eaten up by the staph bugs. I had 2 top notch surgeons perform my surgury, one had recommended a corpectemy due to the extensive damage but dr b did what he is known for in Germany and performed a masterful work of carpentry to keep it as a fusion at this level. Anyways, thank god it has gotten much better starting last week. Hopefully it was only a weird temporary setback. My 6 month ct and x Ray show I am fully fused at all 3 levels. Most amazingly, I really cannot sense any loss of range of motion. I can turn full left and full right and full up and down. I can just almost touch my chin to chest and think I could if I really pushed it but didn't want to try till 1 year out just to be safe. Doing fairly well so far but due to recent setback, only time will tell. Sure wish I still had my 3 artificial discs but I had to be that 2% to get a staph infection. Fusion is not what I wanted but oh well, it's what I got.
I guess I'll forever worry about long term outcome of such a extensive procedure as I'm only 42. We shall see.