In the middle of the night one night I woke in severe pain unable to get out of bed by myself. Over the last 3 months I have been to several drs. All who told me it was probably muscular. I insisted on an mri but it takes at least 6 mos for an mri appt here.
On my 3rd visit to the er I told the drs that I was getting neurological symptoms. Numbness,tingling etc. So they did a ct. I have a large cervical herniation.
Since the injury 3 mos ago my mother has had to come live with me as I am unable to lift my baby. This makes me the saddest of all because I cant do anything for my new baby and I know this is only the beginning. I lie on the couch all day because I can only hold my head up for short periods of time.
I have been told that I need acdf but I am really scared that even with the surgery I will never have my old life back. I have been getting more depressed about my new quality of life. Will I always have to watch what I do and be careful forever?
I am hoping someone can help put my mind at ease and maybe share their acdf experiences with me. Thank you all so much.
Missy, 1 level ACDF C6/C7 Monday July 16th 2012.