Monday will be the 3 week mark for my acdf. Last july I had c6-7 fused allograft. plate and screws. Needless to say that felt better for 3 months then pain back with a vengence. Pain mang. Dr. did all the steroid cervical injections etc, finally did a discography (wow did not expect it to be a medevial torture) It showed c3-4 and 5-6 had tears and were leaking fluid out. I instantly got the horrible headache that I had been getting almost daily. And the pain that I had been experiencing. So my neuro says well your only option is to remove them or live with it. But know that if you fuse you will be in pain forever too. So I am like dang what do I do. I had to have faith that I would get relief from the pain and headahces I had been experiencing. I don't have headaches now just perm. nerve damage that was there before in 3 fingers on the left hand. but now it is still giving me pain up my arm on that side( IS THIS NORMAL or do you think it is perm. from them waiting so long like last time..) Also I am having a really hard time sleeping. I take 2 muscle relaxers and use a lidoderm patch at bedtime. I am still having a rough time. I did buy a tempurpedic cloud bed that worked wonders on my hips. I have a cervical pillow and just some mushy temp. pillow. Should I do something different any suggestions or am I just rushing things?? Oh I forgot to add my Neuro. does not believe in bracing unless you are in the car and it is a soft collar. I go next week to the pain mang. dr. Anything I should be sure to ask about. You know we forget so much when we walk in. Even if you write it. I Just want to get a Good night of rest. OH and I have a Ball to go to at the end of the week. So I need to be able to sit and stand for more than a 1 1/2hrs. The car ride there will be 2 hrs. So any of you more expereinced Spinies please chime in with suggestions.