Nov 2010 I had cervical surgery for large disc protrusions at levels C4-C5 and C5 and C6, which was causing impingement and flattening of the cervical spinal. There was a focal increased cord signal the C5-C6 level compatible with myelomalacia. My upper extremeties were not the focal point of pain. Since the surgery I experience the same pain as before surgery. How long or will the pain go away?