Hi fellow pain in the necks,
Just wanted to check in and give a update on my 4 level fusion done on 12/19/11. While life for quite a while was a struggle it is markedly better right now. I do have the reduced rom as can be expected but this really is the best I've felt in 5 years. I've put more miles on my hd than I have in 3 years and played a round of golf yesterday free of pain since I can't even remember.
I consider my situation to be a success story and hope that anyone getting ready or going through what most of us have will take something positive from my experience. While it really is one of the toughest things any of us will go through there are some positive things to come out of the process as long as we're patient.
So my adviceis focus on the end goal and stay positive but most of all remember this is a LONG process and it may take 6 to 8 months or longer to start feeling normal. But it will come to a lot of us. Good luck to all and hope things work out as planned.