I was hurt back in August. I was at a house fire wearing all my gear and carrying a ladder. I looked up and felt an intense pain in my neck. That is how this all started. Just last week I had my C3-C4 fused. My first Dr. (ortho) was an idiot. He tried to say I was genetically predisposed. The second Dr.(NS) said that I was only injured at one spot and there was nothing genetic about it.
It has been 5 days since I had surgery. My previous is pretty much gone. I have pain and stiffness from the surgery. I also broke out in hives(guessing the antibotics) but it is going away.
So, my question. I rode a bike a lot before I got hurt. I rode 10 miles to work every day. So, can I do that again? I rode a couple centuries on my fixed gear too. I also wanted to do a ironman. Obviously not tomorrow. Is there many professional athletes that have had an ACDF and went back to work? I have been a fireman for 6 years and I was in the 101st Airborne. I like being active.
The other question is does anyone know why my C3-C4 disk would herniate. I can't remember an specific tramatic event. But everybody says its not a common spot to hurt. Could cycling cause this or wearing a heavy fire helmet? Or does this thing just happen. I don't want it to happen again.
Thanks for you insight and help.