Hi guys, just thought I'd update you after seeing my surgeon yesterday for my 3-month checkup.
First, and most important, I am almost fully fused at the C4-5 and C5-6 levels. I am just barely fused at C6-7. Doc said this is the most difficult to fuse because it bends the most when you move your head/neck. He told me before surgery that if it doesn't fuse, he'll have to go back in posteriorly and put in a cage. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I'll see my surgeon in June to see if C6-7 is has fused any more.
My PT starts next Wednesday and he said that it's going to get worse while I begin using muscles that I haven't used in three months, and then once it gets better, it's going to get a LOT better (pain-wise).
I don't have to wear my brace anymore, but keep it handy just in case. Last night was the first night in three months that I didn't have something wrapped around my neck while I slept. I could've slept for 12 hours it felt so good! It's amazing how liberated I feel being free of the neck brace. Awesome! =D>
Take care all!