I'm eight days from a single level ACDF on my C-5/6. I am getting nervous and having reservations about the surgery. I am wondering if my life will ever be the same; I'm 32 years old and in good physical shape. I have posted here before but I will stress that I had an MRI back in April of '08 and it stated " Bulge" and "Stenosis" at C-5/6 and minor at C-6/7. The NS verbally told me that it looks like I have two herniated discs, one of them minor. The main difference that I see in me from all the postings I see here is that my pain is not 24/7. It shows up out of the blue and lasts about three weeks. During this process the pain level slowly goes from a 10 down to a 1. Anything can set it off again, such as getting up from a chair, doing a pushup, etc. My "flareups" used to show up every few months, the last few have been weeks apart. I'm an air force pilot and can't fly again until I get it resolved. My question is if the surgery is the right call? Do I need to have 24/7 pain for this or should I just trust that there is an underlying condition? I have tried PT and most recently had a nerve block.
It would take too long to battle for an ADR with my insurance and the air force. I guess I have read too many horror stories on this forum about ACDF's. I want to be able to play golf, jog, lift weights, and even ride my motorcycle when I recover. Its a tough decision.
I am running out of time and want to make sure I am doing the right thing for my body.