Will someone please send me some words of encouragement? It's been 5-1/2 months since my C5/C6 ACDF. I've been in physical therapy since July. My PT guy has been pushing me hard to regain arm strength. I feel awful. My surgeon said up to 18 months for full nerve regeneration, so I know I could have a lot of progress yet to come, but I am scared. I still have swollen tendons in my hands because the nerve(s) is/are irritated. Plus I'm going through some trials in my personal/family life. Add it all up and I'm a mess. I'm depressed and I don't know what to do or what to expect. I feel alone. I am already thinking of making an appointment to talk to a therapist, so please don't post any nasty comments in that regard. I know it would probably help a little, but there's also the issue that only those of us who have been through spinal surgery really understand. Please...words of encouragement???