Hi was wondering if some one can help i under went ACDF on c5-c6 c6-c7 bulging of these discs traping a nerve down my left arm through left shoulder in nov 2008 since then i am in constant pain some days not so bad other days it feels as bad as before the op. I find the pain is constant at a dull ache in my neck at its best with no arm pain about a pain level 2-4. But every time i try to do any thing slightly physical like getting in and out a car or pulling a few weeds out the garden i suffer great pain a few hours after back in arm stabbing pain in my elbow and pain in a line from left side of neck through my left shoulder down my arm to my left hand. I wake up in the mornings sometimes with numbness pins n needles in my 2 fingers on my left hand my little finger and finger next to it and half my hand in a line from my fingers. I get cramp in my neck when i yawn i feel muscle spasm and squash my throat. I started a new job the other week and as the days went on i gradually got worse until i was crying with the pain,now i am off work again and doing very little aprt from sitting on the sofa the pain has been reduced back to a dull ache level. But i cant live like this i need to be up and about i need to work cant afford not to. Any ideas on why im like this and is there any answers i have an appointment comming up with my neuro surgeon soon to ask for more tests. I am taking medication but when this pain starts nothing will help reduce it only to stop what im doing and get total rest.