Hi I am new to the forums. And I just don't know if what I'm going through is normal. Here is my story. In Feb. of 2008 I got into a car accident. A 96 year old man ran a stop sign and smashed into my car. I spun around in a circle and a half and then smashed into a parked car. I herniated my c5/6. The doctors made me go through everything before they decided to do surgery. So June 1 2009 I had surgery. The surgery went really good. I no longer have the pain and numbness down my arm. I do have pain on the opposite side of my neck. I don't know if that is normal. I am now 3 months post op, and when I try to lay down and sleep my neck on the opposite side and all across my shoulder blade area hurts. I can no longer take sitting up and sleeping so I am trying to force myself to lay down and see if it goes away after awhile. I am so very thankful that my pain is nowhere near as bad as it was. But sometimes I wonder if I will ever get back to my normal self again. I haven't slept in my bed since the accident. My life has been a nightmare since the accident. I have been reading these message boards for about a year and it is nice to know that there are people out there that have been through the same thing. Thanks for listening.