I am brand new to this site and I just need a way to reach out to people that know what I'm about to go through. I'm scared of the long recovery and the unknown of this surgery. I mean this is a lifestyle change for me and I'm a stubborn guy.
I just got back from my 6th neurosurgeon appointment. On all the previous, we tried going as conservative as possible just to avoid the surgery. He oroginally didn't want to do it since I'm young. We went through doing Flexeril, Prednisone and Hydrocodone to manage pain, but symptoms never went away. They got worse. Now he has me on Lyrica (nerve pain med), Hydrocodone and a really strong steroid dose pack until the Posterior Cervical Microdiscectomy on the 16th.
I've scheduled my posterior microdiscectomy on my c6-7. I was able to postpone the surgery as long as I could with a steroid dose pack, but pain only continued. I turn 23 in 5 days and I am a very active individual. I'm 5'10 and 165lbs at 6% body fat. I weight lift and train 4-5 days a week. (I do NOT mean this in an arrogant or self-absorbed way at all.. I just couldn't play sports in college because of knee issues) This is a total change for me and scares me because my dad has back issues after he fell from 40 feet and went through multiple spinal/leg/foot surgeries. So I know how back problems are and they always come back. This injury has absolutely devestated me. I can't lift, I can't sit without pain. I can barely even type this because of the pain/numbness in my index finger and triceps. My doctor said I won't be able to lift like I did prior to the injury. Basically I can't do any over head presses/chest press ecercises (pushups, bench press & etc). Is this true? I can't imagine that. I'm just glad the surgery is coming so I will finally have relief in my arm and can begin the road to recovery.
Please help me out if you all have any advice on what is approaching me or how to gain my strength back, etc. Or just anything to keep me going.. This has thrown me for a loop. Did I mention I'm graduating 3 days before surgery? Perfect graduation gift right?!
BTW thank everyone that read this long/rambling post. I just have a lot of jumbled thoughts about this whole situation in my head.