I am 32 and I recently went through an ACD w/o fusion, it's almost 2 months since my surgery, still in pain, still on pain meds that I feel I have to take because otherwise the unease and uncomfort becomes to much, it's not the type of pain that comes and goes, it's constant and located right at c6-c7 where my surgery was. I have shoulder pain and arm pain as well, numbness of fingers but most of all the steady pain in the lower neck, upper back, trapezius and right in the middle of spine. My doctors recommend a fusion, my family is against it and I am in a Delma of what to do, like many questions I see posted here, I wonder how I will be afterwards of the surgery, will it have more pain to deal with than I have already? Will the discomfort grow even more? I am given a 55-50 % success rate and I'm told to take time to think it through because once I go with this I can't go back but all I'm thinking about is will it ease my pain??? So then I'm told that it's exchanging one pain for another, that suffering from my injury is something I need to get used to. But maybe with time it will get better? I meet people that went through with acdf and are twice my age, they are happy, but those that are my age are warning me. I take a low dose of oxycodone as it turns 10 mg is low dose in comparison with some others out there who claim to take 50mg. But for me 10 is plenty as I am not a heavy person or exceptionally tall and do not like medication as it were.