I am new here and am considering having c5-c6 acdf surgery soon. I keep putting it off because I am wondering if the pain will go away by itself. It has already been 3 months of pain, and some days I just cry myself to sleep, although other days it is manageable. I know crying to sleep is not normal, and I have sort of forgotten what it was like to live without any pain.
Dr recommended I have surgery, and he said it is my call, completely up to me. I am worried about so much. Will the surgery improve pain? How long will I be in recovery? Will I be able to do the things I used to do, surf, run, play with my dogs? How soon after will I be able to travel (I have a trip planned four weeks after he can schedule). Dr says I will be fine by then, but wanted to hear from someone who actually had surgery thinks of that.
I see many of you would do it again in a heartbeat, but is that only because your pain was worse than mine? What about following surgeries, is that always necessary?
Appreciate any insight you may have...