I was hoping someone could help. I am so confused about what to do and talking to people who have been through it really helps. My pain is only a 6-7, but it is every day and its been 5 months straight (15 years on and off). I also have arm numbness in one (and sometimes both) arms. I have tried all conservative treatments. Both doctors (neurosurgeons) I went to say it is up to me if I want to have a two level ACDF or I can just live with the pain. But I am only 39 and dont want to live with this forever. Heck, it is only 5 months and I am going crazy.
Since its a risky surgery and has a long recovery, I dont know if I should hold off and risk permanent damage, or just deal with the pain. The fact that it progressed to daily when it used to only act up once every few months makes me think it has gotten worse and will continue to do so. I see most people on here only do the surgery when the pain is unbearable. Has anyone done the acdf with dull constant pain and been glad they did. In other words, was the surgery and recovery worth it? Thanks to any with any insight and hope you all feel well today. (I now pray for everyone on here- pain absolutely stinks)