I had acdf on c5-6, c6-7 on June 18,2004. The pain was greater after surgery and I was prescribed Zanaflex and percocet. NS discontinued percocet and then prescribed tylenol with codeine to wean me off painkillers. I also started physical therapy last week and try to go twice a week. This has really helped to relieve the pain. Massage and stretching muscles feels so good and really relieves the tightness in my shoulders and neck. I truly felt like I would never have relief from pain and was starting to regret having the surgery. I have now noticed that each day is a little better and I have been able to handle more physical activity such as treadmill and household chores. I guess there is a light at the end of the tunnel. NS told me that healing time varies for every patient and that it is possible for pain to last maybe 6 months or longer. So long as it improves each day I'll be satisfied. Keep the faith and I hope you'll feel better soon!