I had ACDF with instrumentation (C5/6 C6/7) Jul 21 09 after 4 1/2 years of trying to get the military to take my right arm numbness and pain seriously. Found a great doc who in turn referred me to a great surgeon. After the surgery, I could again feel my right hand but the pain has not gone away. I am terribly depressed and frustrated. I can't sleep as the pain and aches can be excruciating at night. I returned to work in Nov 09 but that is proving to be very difficult also. My neck just plain hurts with shooting pain in my arms. I go to bed at night feeling as if I had gone 10 rounds with an MMA fighter and wake up the same. I am miles away from my original medical support(long story) and have to start the whole process over again to find a doc in the military system who doesn't think that I am making all of this up! Also, I am curious to know and I haven't really gotten a good answer as of yet-will it be possible to wear body armor with full gear(including ammo), weighing roughly 35 lbs and a kevlar helmet that weighs about 3 lbs. and function normally again? The thought of any weight on my head and base of my neck makes me cringe!! Thanks!!!