I just found out today that I have a bulging disc in c4/5 and ACDF has been recommended.
A little background info...
I am 23 and have been having issues with neck/shoulder pain for 4 years. It has been getting worse and worse with time, this year so far I can barely do my job (Restaurant Manager) because it is hard for me to lift or even reach. If I reach the wrong way it will "pop" and I will be in pain (8-10) for a week and still have to work! The pain will run from from the side of my neck all the way to my shoulder blade and upper arm.
I got xrays- Just showed mild scolosis.
I got an MRI, showed the c4/5 disc issue. The Doctor recommended I do the ACDF surgery.
I can't continue living with this much pain.
He said I will be back to work in 2 weeks with lifting restrictions. For those of you that had this surgery is that even possible? I read the recovery is a lot longer. Also I also read that some of you wore neck braces for up to 6 weeks after? He never told me anything about that.
Did the surgery help you? What is the recovery like?
Thanks in advance for your answers.
ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011
Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.
Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg