Thought I'd jump in here and start logging my "recovery". I had a c3-c7 fusion with instrumentation "post" on 12-19. My this is my second surgey, had a decompression of the nerve root at c5-c6 in '09 to relieve pain in the right arm upper/front which was successful.
I've had continuing issues with right shoulder pain (mainly in the upper right back between the blade and right arm pain. All started in 2007 with a work related injury and from there we discovered the bulging disc, ddd and stenosis. I've had at least 6 shots and a 3 level discogram.
Finally, the doctor wc sent me to recommended this 4 level fusion and I went with his recommendation. So I'm recovering at home and hoping the pain in my upper right shoulder and down my arm is going to get better with time as he says it should. I'm not convinced though as I know which pain is gone and which is not. It is actually worse now than it ever was.
So we'll just have to wait and see but I'm pretty discouraged at the moment as I feel this was a mistake.