I have received so much help from all of you. Thank you so much!
What to have for pre and post surgery helped tremendously. I've been shopping and preparing my home for the "battle!" I want to do my best at healing from the 3 level ACDF I'm having July 27th.
I had a sport injury about 17 years ago which herniated my C7 and left my left arm weak. I chose not to have surgery. My family needed me and I was confident I could gain my strength back without the surgery. I'm a fitness expert and a martial art instructor. I used that knowledge and a good PT and got my strength back.
I would have pain off and on but I was able to rest and then recuperated in a few weeks. About 8 weeks ago my normal pain behind my shoulder came to visit but would NOT leave. It got worse! It finally settle into my neck and felt like a big toothache. I had to go for another MRI. I had not had one since the original injury.
It was not good. I now have 3 areas that are in trouble and must have surgery or risk permanent nerve damage.
I had to close my martial art school, quit my fitness classes and post pone my fitness DVD shoots. My doctor is like "House" very good but an alarmist ( I hope) with no bedside manner ). He said it could take up to 2 years to heal! He told me I would need to change my career and no longer do the type of martial arts I do.
I changed my workouts. I can no longer run or do any high impact the pain is too great and I know I'm hurting myself. I walk and ride my stationary bike. I can no longer lift weights so I use elastic bands for strength training and do no moves over head. I'm trying to stay strong so I can heal fast!
I'm going to listen to my doctor and only walk and ride my stationary bike until he tells me I can start strength training. I already created an isometric routine that will not involve lifting issues. I hope I can be cleared to do it early in the game so my body can get strong again.
I'm much older than when I got the injury. I'll be 59 in January. My goal is to be strong again by my birthday. Then I want to be doing my fitness DVDs again before I hit 60! I do Kick boxing DVDs so I know I'll be doing low impact instead of the crazy stuff I use to do but that would be okay. I'm sure there are plenty of woman like me who want to be strong but can't jump up and down.
This was a real hit to my career but life is like that. It's a journey and I hope I learn what I'm suppose to learn from this.
I pray all of you that had your surgeries will heal fast and be able to go back to living. And those of you that are waiting eat well and do what you can to be strong for your surgery.
This forum is full of wonderful people that are willing to share about their experiences. God Bless them! I'm not as scared as I was. Keep reading and hopefully you will gain the answers you are looking for.