Welcome to Healing Well Chronic Pain Forum Longneck! Wow you got allot fused! I have had minde done one at a time. I am in agreement with the rest of the folks, especially since you have had so many fused right together! You have had a major surgery done with allot of trauma to the tissues in your neck. Be gentle with your self and take time to heal, I will tell you from experience, you let your self heal up properly and you will most likely not have any problems later on, but with everything you have had done you do not want to strain or put undo stress on your neck, till the tissues have healed and you fusions have time to start growing. Anyway I am glad you found us, I do hope that you will be come an active member of our CP family here! I think and hope that you will find that the folks on this forum are a really caring and compassionate lot, we of course can't really cure anything but we can lend you our ears, and listen and give what advice that we may have. But you are assured of getting caring and compassionate support, and when your here your never alone with your pain.
I will tell you that your dexterity problem in your right hand and right foot is of some concern, have you talked to your doctor about it? Was this part of the reason that you had to have your surgery? Was this a problem before you had the surgery? Anyway I would definitely talk with your surgeon and doctor about it. When they did your fusions did they put allot of hardware in to help hold it together? I was just curious, because when I had my first ACDF they used the bone from my pelvis and I had no hardware at all and I had to wear the cervical collar for at least four months, but then when I had my other one, they used donnor bone and a hardware to hold the whole thing together, and I only had to wear the cervical collar for a couple of weeks. Anyway with so many levels being fused at the same time it is no wonder that you have to wear the collar so long!
Again I Welcome you to the CP Forum, and our family here, I do hope you keep us informed on your progress and become a part of our family here!
I wish you well!