I had my 1 yr. follow up with my neuro-surgeon a couple days ago from a C5/C6 fusion. I had a disc that was herniated and was pushing against my spinal cord. I had the surgery and a good share of pain and issues since. Fast forward to last week, I had x-rays done and we had our talk after the examination. The doctor told me that because of the herniated disc was compressing my spinal cord, my spinal cord had been damaged in that area C5/C6. On the MRI, the area of the fusion looks cloudy around the spinal cord which is normal apparently when there is a fusion in that area. The NP for the neuro-surgeon and the physiologist said that the spinal cord in that area looks like it is still crowded and damage is still showing up. They also believe the nerve roots are probably damaged also. On the xray, everything looks good despite an accident at work that affected my head and neck. THe NP said that there really isnt much they can do about the pain except deal with it and maybe do Botox injections. I am allergic to cortisteroids so I am seriously limited. I am afraid of what botox would do to me. I am totally against those! I am not finding much about this online. Most spinal cord "injuries" affect people to greater points than mine. I can still walk and do most things. I can be pretty clumsy, cant walk in a straight line to save my life, cant stand with my eyes closed without tipping over, and have poor fine motor skills but I can do most else.