Hello everyone, I have not been on the board for awhile since going back to work. I guess it is true that many of us only come here when things are bad. Well tomorrow will make four months since I had my surgery, acdf c4-c7 with hardware. I can only say that my experience has probably been as good as it could be. I was so nervous prior to surgery but when it was over I was really surprised at how little pain I was actually in. I did not have much pain prior to surgery. My cord was compressed in several places and I had a lot of tingling in the arms, hands and fingers which has all gone away since surgery. I was released the next morning. I took the pain pills for a few days but really didnt need them. I wore a hard brace for two weeks. That was the hardest thing to do. I tried sleeping in a recliner but after two nights vowed I was going to sleep in my bed. I did, it was not the best experience but I did it. After taking the brace off I really felt normal. I took it easy until my six week visit. The dr. said everything was going great and that I could return to my job as a law enforcement officer in two more weeks. I have been back at it for two months. I am a narcotics officer and SWAT team member. I have been able to do my job at 100% level. I have been in several physical altercations with no negative results. From reading some other posts I realize that I may be very fortunate in my recovery and I thank God for that. My ROM feels really good, I am sure I have lost some but I honestly dont notice it. I remarked to someone the other day that if I didnt know I had the surgery I wouldnt think it had been done. I know more things may arise down the road from it but right now I am very pleased with the results. I had a wonderfu doctor who spoke to me in plain terms and honestly seemed to care for my situation. My hospital stay was nothing short of pleasant also. I just wanted to to let some of you know that this surgery can be successful for you. I am going through a separation with my wife of 23 years and maybe God is having pity on me because I can assure you the pain I am enduring from that is so intense that nothing else can compare to it. So maybe he just didnt want me to have more that I could stand. I care for you all and I know it is a really stressful time in your lives but I wanted to post this for you so maybe it could provide you with some hope and a sense that things will be positive for you after surgery.