It's been 1 year and two months since my 5/6 cervical fusion. At 8 months, I still had spasms in both arms. The spasms are gone and now I can feel cold packs on my shoulders! Some of the numbness is fading. My shoulders hurt a lot. It's as if they thawed and broke free from spasms. There is a rawness. I am almost more painful than before when I was more numb and frozen up. Is this normal? My muscles hurt a lot from being spasmed. it's as if I have tendonitis all over in the area. I have an increase in hypersensitivity now, on my skin. Hate it. I am hoping the nerves are waking up. Sometimes I have a little burning and itching. I have no permanent damage according to an EMG. I have perfect fusion now. I just wish I could stop taking pain meds and get on with life. I tried to taper off Lyrica and it turned very ugly. The pain was worse than the original pain, so I am back on 100mg per day. I take 40mg hydrocodone per day. I wish I could take about two more per day. Would that be an unreasonable request? If this is the healing process, it is very uncomfortable. Has anyone else had uncomfortable healing sensations?