I'm scheduled for C5-C6 fusion with hardware on 25th feb at St Joe's in Phoenix...I've had severe neck pain along with pain in my arm as well as numbness, pins and needles etc since a car accident back in '93 (5 time roll over..very violent but no lasting external injuries...until now). The roll over was on black ice...on my way to an Honor guard (cdn air force at the time), with a sword beside me. The fancy leather work from the sword belt ended up wrapped around the steering wheel, while i was still strapped in my seat, but laying across the passenger seat, acting like a tennis ball between seat and roof. It must have looked odd seeing me wheeled into the hospital on a backboard with a sword beside me;) To make a long story longer, i had whiplash really bad to the front and the side...ever since I've had pain and problems in my neck.
I've been in pain management for several months, and tried physical therapy, which made things much worse, so now it's on to surgery..which scares the livin crap outa me
Reading the stories here sometimes helps, sometimes scares me more...my biggest fear is making it worse...I love mountain biking, and don't want to ruin that..the wakeboarding, well, i can give that up i guess (very hard on the neck). I don't do well even with needles, let alone full on surgery....i almost wish they told me i needed surgery, and it's scheduled for tomorrow! But I wait anxiously and sleeplessly for the 25th, reading eveything I can read at night until i can no longer keep my eyes open.
I know that there are those much worse off, and bigger things in life to worry about...but irrational fear still sneaks in!
Thoughts and prayers to eveyone on this board!