I had ACDF, on my C4-5 & C6-7 with plating, and donor bone, on December 17, 2012. Before the surgery, my left arm was weaker than normal, but I could use it. When I was being awakened in the Recovery room, I could not lift my left arm. My NS, said it was most likely due to some swelling, so he ordered me to have a steriod, injected into my IV. I discharged the next evening, and could still not lift my arm. Long story shortened, I took oral steriods, then 2 weeks after surgery, he ordered an MRI, which showed the surgery was a success, and he felt it would improve over time. So, I started PT, to keep my deltoid muscle, from freezing up on me, and it got better. I can now lift my arm to my temple. I want so much, to blow dry and comb my own hair, but I can't, I my husband is so sweet, but I know it is uncomfortable for him to do this for me. I have to have help getting dressed, if I want to wear something other than sweat pants and t-shirts. I tried to go back to work, on Feb 11, 2013, but after 1 week, I put in my notice to retire, as I was in too much pain in my shoulder, not to mention the problem with not being able to reach up or out with my arm. I have reached a plateau with what I feel I am going to get, until the nerve either heals or possible have another surgery. It has been just about 3 months, and I will see my NS, on friday, March 8th. I had an EMG, performed in early Feb, 2013, and it did not show any permanent nerve damage. This is quite depressing, so I pray that I will get better very soon. I am 62, and love to go camping and fishing, so my retirement years will not be what I had hoped, unless I can get better. I take Ibuprofen for the pain, as I am so afraid of getting hooked on Hydrocodone.