Had cervical fusion last December with a plate and 8 screws C-4 to C-7. The pain between my should blades and down my arms and the lightning strikes in my hands is gone. What remains is pain in my neck. Stiff neck, burning. I sometimes wonder if I made a mistake having the surgery. I am 9 months post op and I wonder...still I wonder. Reminds me of a song. Is there more healing that will happen? I know it will never be like it was before, but will I ever wake up not aware that I had surgery on my neck? I work so hard on my posture - to keep my neck straight. I just want to talk to someone who understands.