Re: 7 months post 2 level ACDF with hardware, terrible shoulder pain!?
I was told at my 6 mo post-op that my fusion was "on track" and that I had to return at one year post-op to see if the fusion is complete - so that sounds relatively normal.
I suppose the pain you are feeling could be shoulder related but could also be cervical related. I do have some remnants of pain in my neck to upper shoulder, based on where it is my doctor said he thinks it's a natural part of the recovery as the nerves take up to a year to calm down and be less active in terms of pain impulses.
The only way I can sleep now is on my side so I do get shoulder pain each morning but that's more along the lines of stiffness from sleeping on the shoulder.
Rt thumb fusion '13. R&L thumb arthroplasty '12 ; RT TKR & Bilat CTS' 11. Fusions: L5-S1('87), L4-S1('93), C5-C7('06), L3-S1('10), C4-C5('13). C5-C7 foraminotomy '08