Just wanted to share with you all that I am experiencing the same problems 5 months post-op. Very bad card accident by drunk driver. I had a 2 level fusion (c4-c5 and C5-C6) and spinal decompression May 2012. I had an excellent Neurosurgeon in
the Philadelphia Area who was very honest by stating he could fix the mechanical issues (arms, legs,
hand, shoulder issues) which was very debilitating but neck pain he could not guarantee. NS referred me to a Physiatrist who stated that my neck pain that radiates into my upper back with constant headaches in the back of head could be from joint damage. Joint damage cannot be found on an MRI or X-ray so I am scheduled for a Facet Joint Block soon.
Cervical Surgery is definitely a very long, slow recovery and not being able to do your normal daily activities can be frustrating but I find some peace in knowing that I am not alone and a very supportive husband is a blessing. There is hope that at the one year mark which I am told is when you experience total fusion things could improve. Massage therapy really helps and I continue to do my daily exercises that I learned at Physical Therapy plus walking is key. First walking helps with the depression that comes with this long recovery and helps with flexibility. I will keep you all in my prayers for full recovery and if that is not possible then strength to take it one day at a time. May God bless you All!!