Just joined the forum, and have an ACDF scheduled 12/15.
Lately I have been freaking out about it, mostly b/c folks continually ask me about the operation, how long it's going to take to recover, etc.
I have neck and head pain most every day, but it seems to be from sitting at my computer. I have tingling in my fingers like once a week -- but the MRI I did back in April showed cord compression and 'severe' stenosis.
I have seen 3 docs (2 orthopedists and a neurosurgeon from Barrows) -- all 3 are recommending surgery....
I am fairly physically fit, but my activity level went way down after my diagnosis -- it was like the wind was pulled from my sails. I have basically stopped cycling, I walk 3 - 5 days a week (30 mins to an hour and a half)and try to get in some yoga and/or core training. Definitely far from where I would like to be...
So -- have others elected to have this surgery even without it seeming to relieve a problem? I have no idea if my neck pain will subside post surgery... and from what I am gathering most docs want to do the surgery as a preventative measure. I don't want to end up in a wheelchair...
I would love to hear the success stories as well as the not-so-successful ones. What would you have done differently?
Looking for any comfort in having this surgery, as 4 weeks is going to go by quickly.