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I am 7 months postop ACDF and PCDF 2-3, 3-4, 4-5, and 5-6 and although I am much improved I am still having a lot of muscle spasms in my shoulders and I am still having a lot of problems with getting a good night's sleep. I am still taking Percocet once or twice a day and also Flexeril once a day. I have severe osteoarthritis of my whole spine, but these shoulder spasms are the worst. I will start physical therapy on Monday, hoping that I will get some relief. This recuperation from this surgery is tough and I can sympathize with anyone who has had it and is having problems. I still have numbness from the anterior incision up to my chin and I doubt if it will ever completely go away as nerves were cut that may not regenerate there. At least it is numb and not painful! It just feels weird. I had hoped I would be feeling much better by now but I will give it time. I am 74 years old and I am sure that is contributing to the length of the healing process. My NS says I am doing fine and the x-rays show very good healing. Will just have to be patient. These boards have helped me so much - just to know there are others out there with the same problems. Good luck to all!

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