I had a posterior cervical decompression fusion of c2c3c4 on Feb7/14 ...4 1/2 months ago. I have 3 rods and screws and cadaver bone .The first 6 weeks I had lots of pain. First 2 weeks 2 Tylenol # 3 every 4 hours. Then a little less each week. I now take 2 regular strength Tylenol once a day as my neck gets tired by 6pm. I now have no pain at all....no pins and needles.....only wore a collar about 3 times when I went out....ordered by my doctor.
Before surgery I had pain in my neck for 3 yrs going up to the top of my head and pins and needles around my ears and under my chin. They were concerned c2c3c4 would keep slipping to the spinal cord. I am happy I had the surgery but the first 2 weeks was hard. It was scary as I didn't know anyone who had it.
I am a young 73 and have lots of arthritis. The 1st doctor wanted to fuse my whole spine so I got a second NS and I am glad I did. Thanks for all the help you gave me. Carol