Hi Enjoygolf, you kind of sound like me but I got 25 years before the disk above went bad! I had a ACDF Anterior Cervical Diskectomy and Fusion done at C6/7 in 1985 back then they took the bone from my pelvis and I had no hardware or anything else. Just the graft bone from my pelvis to fuse the area where the disk had been. In 2009 I started having severe arm pain again, much like what I had in 85, the disk at C5/6 went bad, and I had to have another ACDF done this time For the most part my arm pain was gone right away! I did not have the problems that I had with the first fusion in 85 as I lost my voice for 3 or 4 months and had swallowing difficulities. But the second time around did take some time to heal and get back to normal. I even had Physical Therapy to help things along.
It sounds like it might be a bit early for you so be patient and make sure you follow your doctors orders to the tee! You know everyone is so different, and also the way they react to things! Even surgeries and what was easy the first time might be allot more difficult the second. I will tell you though if your pain persist, and your surgeon does not seem to be satisfying you, then by all means go for a second oppinion. Some times surgeons will think they have fix you and that is that! and they will not go back and check to see if something is still wrong! So do be aware of that, and remember you are your own best advocate! Doctors cannot feel what your feeling, and thus you need to be persistent!
I wish you well and please keep us posted on how you are doing!
Moderator Chronic Pain
After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!