I am new to this forum. I am having an ACDF on C5 and C6 this Friday. I am really starting to freak out after reading some of the posts here and hearing stories of friends of friend who have had this surgery.
I have been struggling with neck, shoulder, arm and hand pain for the past 10 years. Have had PT, accupuncture, chiropractly, massage, etc. I know the surgery is necessary at this point because there is nerve damage in both arms (hopefully not permanent).
I have a demanding job and am a caretaker for my mother and the thought of a long recovery is what is really worrying me. I cannot afford to financially (my savings this year was drained due to other pressing needs) or otherwise be out of work for too long. I know everyone is different with respect to recovery, etc. I spoke to someone today who said they were out of work 7 weeks! I am hoping to only be out 2!
Any wisdom, encouragement, jokes, etc. would be appreciated.