Today is exactly 2-months since my 2-level ACDF. Can't beleive how time flies. Also can't beleive how good I am feeling.
My surgery was due to 2 herniated discs. Not sure exactly how they hernaited. Have heard from different docs different guesses (sports injuries, DDD, genetic, born that way, etc.) Who knows and it doesnt really matter. Either way was not expecting this at 36.
Started feeling significant pain 6 months pre-op (left arm, shoulder and back). Toughed it out for the first 90 days until I was taking 15-20 ibuprofens/day. Moved to diclofenac and was eventually chewing vicodan like candy. The pain was at times overwhelming and consumed my life.
Fast forward two months to today. I feel fantastic. I have no pain and very little side effects. Only side effect I am aware of is an on again/off again headache behind my left eye. Not a major migrane, more of a nusiance.
My scar is healing up well. I am not as self conscious about it as I was earlier. I guess time takes care of that.
Physically I am taking spinning classes, lifting weights (nothing overhead), and using an ellyptical without any issue. I am not doing any impact athletics (jogging, jumping, etc.).
I also am finding that I am no longer obsessed with my spine. For eight months it consumed my every thought. I thought my life as I knew it was over. I am glad that it's not the case.
I am tired of talking about it to co-workers and acquantences. I am not an "open" person and talking about such a personal issue makes me uncomfortable. I understand they mean well. However I am trying to move on and discussing it with people who arent close to me makes me feel weak/unmanly. I wish I had a more mature reaction but it is what it is.
I had a lot of fear pre-surgery. The level of pain I was having gave me no option but acdf. There was not a lot of good/positive info on the web. Mostly horror stories. That made my fear even greater.
I am very glad to be posting my results on this board. I found the posters here to be a big help and it was nice to know others were struggling with the same issues I was (even though i would not wish these issues on anyone).
Best of luck to all. I hope each of you continues to heal. And to those with upcoming surguries, keep your spirits up as best as possible. Although not guaranteed, good outcomes can be had.