I had 3 level fusion c4/c7 and the last one failed so 3 years later I had repair with anterior/posterior approach with my own bone. It's been 4.5 months and I was also braced 15 weeks with Miami J Collar. I have had a terrible time getting out of the brace because I felt like I pulled every muscle in my neck but PT and acupunture has helped with that but now I feel like all my old pain prior to surgery is here. Which is like a knife in my shoulder blade at all times and pain all the way down my arm on the top and also muscle spasms. I am in PT 3 times a week, acupunture 1 a week and TENS unit every day. I take oxy and soma's and my pain is so bad I cannot work more then 2 days a week if I am lucky. I am frustrated and not sure where to turn to figure out what is still wrong. I assume they thought that since my screws were loose and I had a failed fusion by fixing that my pain would go away but it has not. I cannot tell if it's because I was braced for so long or maybe I have something else wrong besides that which nobody seems to be looking at they all say it's too soon to tell if surgery worked or not. I want my life back and eating pills all day and holding a remote is not my life but it's about all I manage these days. I am 51 and realize I do not heal as quick as I used to and I have had so many spinal surgeries but never hurt at the same level after an op. Can anyone tell me if this has happened to you and what did you do to help yourself so I can help myself. I keep flipping between just retiring on disability or just keep trying to go in when I can and hope my boss stays understanding.