I’m 10 months out from a C6-C7 acdf, surgery went well and I did my time in the Collar. No meds other than Aleve and Tylenol. The pain between my shoulder blades never went away, I still have severe tightness and knots that make it hard to breathe, it’s a 5-6 at all times. About 9 days ago, my symptoms heavily ramped up and I’m back to managing the pain full time with heat/ice/stretch/taking it easy. To add concern, I have a throbbing in my right shoulder and jolts/shooting nerve pains and numbness all the way down to my fingertips- surgery was performed for symptoms only appearing on my left side so this is new. Could is be a 2 steps forward 1 step back and my nerves are finally regenerating? I contacted my neurosurgeons NP and got my fifth steroid pack and a referral to pain management- I’m miserable and my quality of life has dropped significantly in the past 3 years of this battle. I’m tired, has anyone else been here? What would you do next? I’ll try anything!