Hello, I had ACDF surgery May 21 and it is now August 11. First I need to start with the fact out of the blue I woke with a stiff neck back in April. I went to see a chiropractor for a quick adjustment and then all hell broke loose. I had severe radiculopathy pain going down my left shoulder, arm, and hand. It was something I never want to experience again, I was desperate to find relief. After a CAT scan and an MRI it was discovered I had a herniated disc between C6 & C7, bone spurs, and it was degenerative. Since the surgery the nerve pain decreased dramatically however, I still have pain (tingling and numbness) in my left hand (fingers - pinky, ring, and middle) which is constant and occasionally under my left armpit. There has been some discomfort and pain on the left side of my neck which has affected my collar bone. There is also this feeling overall of just yucky. Surgeon has given me gabapentin prior to and after surgery. I am 64 years old and have always been very active (bike riding, hiking, and lots of physical activities) however, since the surgery I can't seem to get back to my old self. I seem to be depressed and often feel this overwhelming need to cry. I mentioned these symptoms to the surgeon and he seems to believe I need carpal tunnel surgery (have had this problem for years but was avoiding surgery) which he believes should eliminate the problems in my hand and thereby resolve the other symptoms as well. I have read that depression is normal after this type of surgery but have not read anything about it in this forum. I'm not sure what I am looking for here, but I need to find a solution other than "it takes time" or another surgery.