I just wanted to post an update on my surgery. Prior to my surgery, I had read posts on this site, which eventually gave me insight and helped me to make the decision to finally do it. I just wanted to come back and post my results in case anyone else here is looking for advice.
I returned back to work 4 days ago, and realized after sitting at my desk all day, that my surgery was totally worth it.
Even though I had a somewhat hard recovery, and not much help, and then on top of that had bad withdrawal for over 2 weeks - I would definitely do it again, in a heartbeat! I was so nervous before having the surgery, I almost chickened out. But seeing positive posts here, made me go through with it.
I still have slight pain every once in a while, but compared to the pain I suffered every waking moment before surgery, I am so glad that I did the surgery. I have a little weakness in my affected arm, and still a twinge now and again. My range of motion is slightly less than what it was, but still quite good, at least good enough to drive fine.
I realized that I no longer want to cry myself to sleep everynight and at the end of the day of work. I can do almost everything I could before, and it's only been 2 months since my surgery. My neck makes creaky noises but it's all good, I think. I've already tried surfing again (caught only one wave before getting tired out), but that's to be expected I suppose, since I haven't been out even months before the surgery because of the pain. I painted my bedroom last weekend, and moved furniture. Things I could not have done before the surgery!
So for those of you thinking about it, sitting on the fence, as I was - here is some feedback. Be aware, that everyone is different!!!! This is only my experience. But good feedback is good to hear also.
Good luck to all of you!