I am a week out from my ACDF for my c-5 through c-7 of my spine. Needless to say I am nervous and scared and hope that I am doing the right thing. For over a year I have been suffering from neck pain. I was oversea's and was cared for by military doctors who said it was muscle spasms. We just returned stateside and I decided to get my care on the civilian side. My primary doctor immediately had MRI's ordered. I suffer from migraines also and was thinking that maybe a breast reduction was needed due to being heavy chested and I thought it was causing strain on my neck and triggering my migraines. I recieved physical therapy and no help with that either. Once my MRI's were back my doc referred me to the nuerosurgeon. Went to nuero on the 22nd of October and the doc said I needed surgery. He showed me my MRI's, the 3 hiernated disks, the pressure on my spinal cord, and areas of mylepathy that are developing on my spinal cord. He stated that at this point no physical therapy, chiropactic care, breast reduction would take care of the problem. He stated that he did not want me to think he was just pushing surgery for no reason, he stated that he does over 500 surgeries a year and he encouraged me to go home and talk with my husband. He did say that I needed the surgery sooner rather than later. My husband and I made the decision to have it and they scheduled me for this coming Monday.
First off, I am very scared due to the nature of the surgery. Second, I am second-guessing my decision as I hope that I am not jumping into the surgery without utilizing other alternatives. Lastly, I wonder about long term affects, is there up keeps to this surgery. I am a very active person and just want to get back to life as it was. I am only 31 years old and still am young especially to be having all these problems. I am looking for any advice or suggestions.