I found this site a week ago and after reading some posts, I started to feel less lonely and hopeful.
I hope I'm in the right message board as most of this unbearable and unrelenting pain is thoracic. My disk bulge is C5-6 along with annular tears in C6-7. I get sporadic neck aches. My story is probably like so many others, but I've seen 6 different doctors and several different physical therapists. Have had PT, MT, Dry Needling, Acupuncture, every injection known to man and on and on. Most of the physiatrists I saw just wanted to keep me on pain meds which don't even take my pain away. Now, after 21 months of this....I have a huge tolerance to the pain meds, which makes me really uneasy. Okay, cut to now.....I saw a neurosurgeon last week who is convinced ACDF will be the answer. Hallelujah! Some hope after 21 months of pain!
My surgery is scheduled for September 13 and I won't have my Q/A until this coming Wednesday. I live alone and am anxious about getting things in advance that might make life easier during recovery and getting the house ready. A neighbor check in on me from time to time, but that's probably it. I became very withdrawn and managed to dissolve most of my relationships during 21 months of suffering, so I really won't have any help.
Do anyone have any suggestions on how to prepare? I've read a lot on this site about people using recliners. Although I don't have one, I'm sure I can rent one if that's the most comfortable position. Also, will i be able to walk my dog? Reach over head, etc?
Thanks very much for your help!!