Overall, I'm pleased with the results, and I was very pleased with how kindly I was treated throughout the whole process.
I believe my situation has improved. There is still some neck pain on my right-hand side, but the pain is more similar to my pain level from four to five years ago. Encouragingly, my neck is not cracking/popping nearly as much as pre-surgery. I'd say the cracking/popping has gone down around 80%. My hope is the installed hardware will help me maintain this situation. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd say my pain level is a 2 to 3. I am still taking a muscle relaxer at night, and I still take an occasional hydrocodone (5-325) if the pain level becomes bad. Also, I still use icepacks as preventative maintenance. I have completely resumed all my pre-surgery activities (work, gym, social activities, etc.). Overall, I'm pleased with the results, and I was very pleased with how kindly I was treated throughout the whole process. Many thanks!