This is my first post and i am hoping for some good opinions. In February of 2011 I had sustained an injury to my neck lifting 2 full 5 gallon pails of paint over the side of a pickup truck. Obviously before that fateful day I really did think I was invincible, but apparently not. Anyway, the mri that i had in the days following showed that i had herniated discs from c2 all the way down to c/7. C2 to c5 were relatively minor but c6/c7 was very severe, pressing greatly on the spinal cord causing pain i had never felt before. Unfortunately because of workers comp the surgery to repair this did not happen until June of 2011, at which point i had an anterior cervical discectomy fusion on c6/c7 with plate and screws and a cage (no bone). In the months that followed i never really felt much relief. I mean it felt better than February through April when the pain was at its worst but after the surgery the pain was almost the same as April may and June. Looking right to left is doable but painful. Looking down is relatively pain free but i swear i can feel the plate and screws. It is extremely painful to look up or reach out or overhead and my right hand is still numb. I have had several follow up appointments with xrays which show the plate and screws moving. My surgeon says I have some fusion but not complete fusion. I just had another mri on 11/18/11 and another follow up on the 28th. The mri showed more bone spurs and some compressed nerve roots at the c5/c6/c7. My surgeon suggested another surgery- a posterior cervical fusion this time. I have the utmost confidence in my surgeon so i most likely will have this procedure done, but since i went into the first surgery pretty much blind i was wanting to hear experiences and opinions from anyone who has had this done. I hear its a much more invasive surgery with a much more extensive recovery time. Also i am really wanting to know if i will ever enjoy a normal life again, and by normal i mean pain free. By the i am a 36yo male.
Thanx for listening.