Hi. I had c4-c7 fusion in late Sept. 2010. I wore a hard collar faithfully for 8 weeks. The day after I took off the collar, the pain returned. My NS told me to take it easy for a while until it felt better. I am still not feeling any better and I am still experiencing numbness in my right hand, pain in my shoulder blades,collar bone,arms and have a lot of muscle spasms. I started physical therapy last week. I am able to do all the exercises but the pain that follows is worse. NS now says I should lay off the PT, take four muscle relaxers a day and wear a soft collar when I do anything that causes pain. That would mean wearing the soft collar all the time. Has anyone else had these issues? If so, when did you start to feel better?